Community: Encouraging

Encouragement: you don’t realize just how important it is until you don’t have it.

Have you ever met one of those super-encouraging people? They’re the ones who can find something positive in even the most negative of people or circumstances? Those are great people to be on a team with!

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

Hebrews 10: 24-25

A vital part of any healthy community is encouragement. But what does encouragement really, truly look like? {tweet this}

For me, one of the most important components of encouragement is specificity. I don’t enjoy it when people are non-specific with their encouragement. It’s so easy to do “you’re the best”, “you’re amazing!”, etc. just rolls off the tongue but it’s not as meaningful as some encouragement tailor made for that specific person.

When someone sees improvement in an area they know I’ve been working on and they specifically call it out that can mean the world to me!
When a friend spots a gift in me and lets me know, it can change the course of my day!
When they give me targeted encouragement for a specific situation, it helps me know that I have been seen, heard, and known.

Encouragement has a special way of showing people what they can’t see in themselves. In those verses of Hebrews 10, the writer admonishes us to stir one another up to love and good deeds. I know I need this encouragement today! It’s so easy to become isolated or too busy with life to love others well, but community can encourage us to do things even when we feel like we just can’t.

There’s nothing in the world quite like an encouraging community of Jesus-followers.

How can you encourage someone in your community today? What specific gift, talent, or passion can you encourage them to stir up?

To go Deeper: Read You Can Do It!


Download Community: You’re Welcome at the Table, a free PDF, at sarahjcallen.com/community

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