Encourage Him, Because… x

The first time the word “encourage” is used in the New International Version is significant. It occurs in Deuteronomy 1:38, where we read, “But your assistant, Joshua son of Nun, will enter it. Encourage him, because he will lead Israel to inherit it.”

Here we find Moses reporting a conversation between him and the LORD. He recounts the fact that he would not be able to enter the Promised Land. However, his assistant Joshua, whom the LORD had selected to lead the people, would do so. Because of the tremendous task before him and the forces working against him, the LORD instructs Moses, the seasoned leader, to encourage his understudy.

Few things are more important than encouraging words. Few things have meant more to the advancement of God’s purposes on earth than respected leaders speaking encouraging words to emerging leaders. Conversely, few things are more difficult than remaining energized in doing the work of the Lord when laboring in a context in which encouraging words are seldom heard.

—How are you being encouraged in your labors for the Lord?

—What are you doing to encourage others?

May God help us all realize the importance of this role we play in one another’s lives. May God help us to be encouragers!

© Bill Williams
June 18, 2007

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5 Responses to Encourage Him, Because… x

  1. Paul was a good example of encouragement when he said: “I rejoice therefore that I have confidence in you in all things.” (2 Corinthians 7:16) Let your children know that you have confidence in them. This will encourage them greatly…..especially coming from Mom and Dad.

    Jim Richardson

  2. cwinwc says:

    We can even encourage when something needs to be corrected. I once had a conversation with the then First Base Coach of the Fl. Marlins, Rusty Kuntz. At the time Gary Sheffield played for the Marlins and because Rusty also coached the outfielders he was Sheff’s coach.

    I asked Rusty how he dealt with players, guys who were making millions of dollars, and who like Sheffield could be a bit cantankerous to say the least. Rusty said he used a technique called a “positive sandwich.” This would include:
    1. A positive statement.
    2. A statement of correction or constructive criticism.
    3. A positive statement.

    For example, if Sheff wasn’t moving into the ball as he made the catch Rusty might say, “Sheff, I love the way you hustle in the outfield. To make your effort even more effective try timing the catch so that you’re moving into the ball and can use the momentum to make the throw. Man, you make this outfield great.”

    I try to use Rusty’s positive sandwich technique when I’m dealing with my students and church members of who sometime are of the same mentality but then again, aren’t we all.

  3. Steve says:

    I like Cecil’s sandwich technique.

    The most encouragement I get for ministry comes from my Tuesday Pastors Meeting where four local ministers come together for prayer and accountability. We know each other inside and out and also know what kind of words to say to encourage each other.

    I recommend every person in ministry seek out such a group. These only come through prayer and fasting though.

    Peace.

  4. Mark says:

    Bill,

    Great post! Both an encouragement to me personally and a reminder to be encouraging!

    God bless you,
    Mark

  5. Kathy says:

    Another great post, Bill!

    The gift of encouragement is one of the sweetest God has given us. You are a great example of an encourager. You are a true Barnabas!

    A simple, an affirming word or two can really lift the spirits. The, “I’m praying for you and your ministry” – or “You’re doing a great job.” – or “Thank you!” will give me a wave to ride for days and weeks. In that light, I believe in “what goes around, comes around” and try to take the time to look someone in the eye, give ’em a hug and tell them the same encouraging words. A word of appreciation for them is so small to say and has such enormous impact on the other’s heart. It is balm to the soul, imho.

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