the act of making something more appealing or more likely to happen
something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, or confident
something that makes someone more likely to do something
Encouragement is something that you can do whenever and wherever you are. Whether it be physically, mentally, spiritually where you are. This is hopefully going to encouraging and give a little hope to people who are in different stages of life.
College students. This is it. You are on your way to getting a piece of paper that says you know what you are doing. You are living in a small world that is preparing you for a larger one. Seize every moment you can. Don’t say no to going out with friends all the time because you have homework. The homework will be there when you get back. Don’t waste your time watching Netflix for five hours straight and ignoring the outside world. Find what makes your heart smile and find people who bring that smile to the outside. Make friends that will last forever because you will eventually need bridesmaids or groomsmen. Make sure you are taking care of yourself, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Call home once in a while. Your parents miss you too. Live your life in a state of happiness. If you are struggling to find that, talk with someone about it.
Recent college graduates. You made it. You are finally an adult. Now for the real test. You are not right down the hall from your best friend. You might not know anyone in this new place you are living. You want adventure, but student loans are nipping at your heels. It is okay to feel like a boring person. When you feel like that, call a friend, watch your favorite movie or TV show, treat yourself to ice cream, play your music too loud, just live a little. We all are trying to find our place in this world. The place that is unique to us. Find it. Don’t change because you think you need to. Change if it will make you a better person. Keep applying for those jobs. God is in control, but you have to fill out the information.
Recently married couples. You are in the honeymoon stage. I’m telling you this stage will come to an end sooner than later. Bills, loans, house payments, jobs, relatives, and possibly kids are coming and you can’t ignore them. You will get through this together. You have to trust, rely, and support each other through everything. You probably don’t have a ton of money to spend, but date each other. Go out for dessert, go for a walk, have a picnic in the backyard, have a movie night, or do something you did when you were dating. You are in this together which means you need to rely on each other. Don’t keep secrets or keep things bottled up, talk it out. Fight the devil together. He doesn’t have a space in your marriage, only God does.
Parents. We love you, but sometimes you are smothering. We appreciate all that you do for us. Don’t think our lack of communication or lack of listening is a sign of hate. We will love you no matter what. You have been there for us since birth and we wouldn’t change you out for anything. Love us even when we don’t say that we need it. We sometimes don’t get why you do some of the stuff you think is cool, but we do think you are pretty awesome. We want to learn from you even if we don’t say it. Teach us little by little about life and adulthood. We know that you are still learning, but show us what you have learned so far.
We all need encouragement no matter what we are doing. It only takes five minutes to change someone’s life. Take the time to make a difference in someone’s life. You will never know the impact you have on someone until you put the effort into showing them you care. Do it now because you don’t know what the future holds. Seize every opportunity to pour into others. Remember to also pour into yourself too. You can’t pour into others when you are on empty. Encourage others to do there best. Stand with them through the storms. Step up to help with the clean up. Don’t turn away from someone because they have lost something or gained something that you wanted. We all need encouragement. So pass it on!