I am a big advocate for being encouraging. Not to the extent that you lie to someone by encouraging them in an area they are obviously not gifted in, but encouraging people in their area of giftings. I have a number of older men in my life that I talk to about issues in my life, and what I like about each of them is that they are encouraging to me. When someone encourages me it makes it easier to listen to any critique, correction or rebuke. If someone is never encouraging I tend to tune them out. The ‘non-encourager’ may even have some really great things to say and speak into my life, but the lack of encouragement (being replaced with discouragements in most cases) takes away the right of that person to speak into my life. At least that is how I see it, it may not be the reality at all. Maybe I should give them an equal chance. It’s just that I have seen the power of encouraging words to the mind and soul to young leaders who are still unsure of themselves. The phrase ‘I believe in you’ has gotten me through many a dire situation. I have taken to using this phrase with young leaders in my ministries, and I have seen the effects there.
I really want to know how you are encouraged? How you encourage others? And how encouragement plays a role in allowing people to speak into your life or a situation in your life.
P.S. A special thanks to Danny Basham, Phil Vaughn, Matt Kluttz, Rich Kirkpatrick, Steve Stinnette, Matt Bach, and my parents all of whom have mentored me in one way or another, and have always encouraged me, and rebuked me when needed. Thanks to you all!