(This is Day 3 of a 10 day series of Tips to Position Yourself for the Best Year Ever)
The third step to positioning ourselves for an amazing 2015 is to…
Become a Cheerleader
Now I’m not talking about the ones you see on the sidelines at a ball game, but about cheering on those around you. The word ENCOURAGE means ‘to inspire with courage, spirit or confidence’. Learning to impart life and strength to people through our words of inspiration and love will give them the courage to go farther, longer and harder in life’s journey than they ever thought possible.
Cheering others on is not hard and really doesn’t take much time but we have to make an intentional decision that we want this attribute to grow in our lives. It doesn’t necessarily come naturally to us, especially when we get so consumed with ourselves and our stuff and what’s going on in our own lives. But taking a step back, looking around the room at those around us and the race they are running will give us a chance to see where we can speak encouragement into others lives.
Encouraging words are simply those that build up and strengthen the hearer. You can cheer on the cashier just by telling her she has beautiful hair or a great smile. Most people are in too much of a hurry, caught up in their own life and looking to her to make their day better so your attention to her will be incredibly life-giving. You can cheer on your kids by affirming their strengths and good behavior instead of always correcting the bad. For me, this is one of the areas that I want to grow in the most. To intentionally take time every day to ‘inspire with confidence’ in each one of my kids. You can cheer on your pastor by an occasional note of thanks and appreciation for his love and leading of the congregation the Lord has put in his care. One step further is to send a note of appreciate and blessing to your pastor’s wife (personally, I think pastor’s wives and coach’s wives have THE MOST difficult job out there!).
These are just a couple of examples of being a great cheerleader. Everyone you pass every day is a potential target to your cheerleading. Become aware. Become intentional. And open your mouth!
“Therefore encourage each other and strengthen one another…” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)