He picked twenty of his friends and sent them congratulatory telegrams. None of them had actually done anything outstanding for which they should be congratulated, but to each one he sent a one-word message, “Congratulations.”
He thought that was funny, until a few days later – when he received thank-you notes from every one of them – thanking him for his message – without even questioning why it had been sent.
The simple truth is that people all around us are beaten down, discouraged, hurting, wandering, and wondering. They need hope – REAL hope – and we know Who that is.
I challenge you this week to encourage as many people as you can. Look at it like it is a test – to see what might happen. Ask God to show you who and how and then encourage them – and at the end of the week consider what you saw because of your encouragement. I know you will be surprised, and I’m praying that it will lead each of us to make it a pattern (not just a test).
After all, God has already told us: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
You are loved!