It is a hard time of year for some. How can you be an encourager?
Well, first be a light.
Smiling helps you shine bright.
“You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5.14
People should also know you love Jesus but you should also be “preaching” without words in your actions, speech, and deeds.
Keep shining bright, being a light by choosing joy, and may your attitude always reflect that of Christ.
In the workplace that can be tricky, so be careful not to be preachy.
Let others see God in how you love and live and be.
Let them come and ask you the reason for your hope and joy.
Pray God gives you opportunities to share your faith and be ready when they come.
It may seem hard to shine at times but light does shine bright in the darkness.
And remember, it is not about being religious but rather having a relationship with God. (That’s a good line to keep in your back pocket especially when talking to non-believers that say they are not religious and I give that advice free, no charge.)
Laugh with others. (I hope you laughed with my attempt of a joke above.)
Be light hearted.
Let others see that the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8.10).
If you encounter someone sad and down especially if the loss of a loved one is fresh, invite them to church with you or to dine with you or to an uplifting concert or performance this month.
Start now planning who you can invite to come with you to a special service or Christmas Eve. And the key is not just to invite, but plan to take them with you!
That is how to be an encourager and when you do, you will…
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