There Is A Time
At some point or another, we all need words of encouragement to fuel our souls and give us the inner strength we need to keep going in life. There are times where the sun shines bright and everything looks great; and other times, you just want to crawl under a rock and stay there - forever.
The book of Ecclesiastes speaks about time. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. (Read chapter 1)
We all go through different seasons in life. The bible says that there is a time to laugh just as there is a time to weep. There will be times where life will seem just perfect and you couldn’t be happier and then.. bam, something happens and that happiness quickly turns into sorrow. There are times where you will be strong and courageous and you’ll conquer the whole world. And then there will be times where you feel so weak, you won't even have the strength to hurt a fly. The Apostol Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:10 in the latter verse, “for when I am weak, then I am strong.” He is talking about God’s grace being sufficient and how His power is made perfect in our weaknesses. In times of weakness, we can rest in God’s power to get us through any hardship we may find ourselves in.
There will be times where you will get through it alone because it’s just you and God and nobody else. However, it is so important to be surrounded by a community of believers, of loved ones who you know will help you in your time of need. God has placed special people all around you who are there for you, who are trustworthy and who will lend a listening ear to hear you out and most importantly, who will give you Godly counsel. You may say, “I don’t have that, I don’t know anyone, I don’t trust anyone”. Ask God for guidance, for direction, for discernment and He will lead you to the right source.
If you find yourself in the bottom of the seesaw, you are not alone. God is with you and there are people around you who love you; don’t shut yourself out. And if you find yourself on top of the seesaw and everything is great in life; make yourself available to be an encourager, to lift up the hands of those who are weary and have no strength, may your words be medicine to their souls. We all long for encouragement. Your words, your act of presence, your smile, your “I’m here for you” your emails, text messages, phone calls, letters, your Facebook post, tweets, random act of kindness, generosity is what can help someone in their time of need.
The world is full of people who are lost, who have given up on hope, who are going through hardship and have no one to turn to for encouragement. Make yourself accessible to fulfill that need and bring a ray of sunlight into someone’s dark world. We are called to be the light of the world. (Read Matthew 5:14,15) You and I can make the difference.
I leave you below with a few encouraging words I found from the book “Encouragement Changes Everything” by John C. Maxwell.
Be Encouraged, Be Blessed!
Landy Perez-Feliciano ♥
1. Encouragement is oxygen to the soul.
-George Matthew Adams
2. An Experiment in Encouragement
Years ago, an experiment was conducted to measure people’s capacity to endure pain. How long could a bare-footed person stand in a bucket of ice water? It was discovered that when there was someone else present offering encouragement and support, the person standing in the ice water could tolerate pain twice as long as when no one else was present.
3. Encouragement is deciding to make your problem my problem.
-John C. Maxwell
4. Encourage Yourself
Don’t let yourself…
- Worry when you’re doing your best.
- Hurry when success depends on accuracy.
- Think evil of anyone until you have the facts.
- Believe a thing is impossible without trying it.
- Waste time on trivial matters.
- Imagine that good intentions are a satisfactory excuse.
- Harbor bitterness toward God or person.
5. Let no feelings of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.
6. Positively Wired
A study was done by psychologist Henry H. Goddard on energy levels in children. He hooked children up to a device called an ergo graph to see how they would respond to the words of others. He found that when tired children were given a word of praise or commendation, the ergo graph showed they experienced an immediate surge in energy. But when the children were criticized or discouraged, the device showed their energy took a sudden nosedive.
Never underestimate the power of an encouraging word.
7. The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.