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People need encouragement. When they are hurting, people need your support until they can get back on their feet. There is no greater feeling than having someone call you or stop by to give you words of encouragement. You might not know at the time that they are having difficulty coping with life.

People sometimes smile to keep from showing their pain. This may seem a strange concept but we’ve all experienced it. I received an email from a manager who thanked me for a post I had written. The manager said that the post came at a time that she needed in her life. However, what the manager didn’t realize is that her comments came at a time that lifted my spirit and put a smile on my face. Take the time to encourage someone—today.

When people are hurting emotionally, they need to feel support and connection to others who care. Medical researchers have developed a bone-bonding compound that illustrates the support needed to heal. The compound which looks like tooth paste is injected into the body and hardens in ten minutes.  In twelve hours, it reaches the compression strength of natural bone.  It so closely resembles real bone that the body doesn’t reject it. Weeks after being injected into the body, the cement is replaced by real bone.

This remarkable medical discovery has helped individuals heal much faster. Similarly, kind, encouraging and up-lifting words can do wonders for someone who’s having a difficult time coping with pain. So today, ask God to make you an encourager whose words and actions bring comfort and support to others and watch how you will become the beneficiary of your own encouraging words.

Years ago The Temptations sang a song titled “I Wish it Would Rain.” The song is about a man with a broken heart who can’t stop crying because it is the only way to ease his pain.  However, he is ashamed of crying in public and wishes for rain to hide his tear drops and cover his pain. Let’s make a point to encourage someone today. Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

 

By Chaplain Ghosten
chaplain@lhp.net