“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
I love the wording of when we are to encourage one another – ‘as long as it is called “Today”’. Matthew Henry says, “Since to-morrow is none of ours, we must make the best improvement of to-day.” A call to daily encouragement. And the reason we do this is so that we won’t be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
This is a picture of the church in action because it reveals to us that we need, in addition to a believing heart, encouragement from one another in order to not become that hard person we are all capable of becoming.
Okay, so daily encouragement might be an overwhelming thought. I mean really, how do you encourage someone every single day? Especially the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Weeellll, I don’t know the answer (ha!) but on the other days here’s some ideas:
Help an elderly person load their groceries or take their cart back for them – add a smile with kind eyes that convey “I’m compelled by the love of Jesus”
Take lunch to your hair salon, nail salon, or any other place of business you frequent through the year. Drop it off in their “break room” and leave a note that thanks them for their service. Chicken salad goes a long way and doesn’t end up having to cost a lot of money for larger staff places of business.
Share positive and encouraging words on face book – now there’s a novel idea!
Drop a love note in your child’s lunch box – they’re too old for that? sneak it under their pillow then
Remind your spouse, in your words, why you love him/her
Visit your neighbor and find out how he/she is doing. Just ask “how are you doing?” This might send some of them into cardiac arrest because honestly neighbors don’t do this anymore.
Go visit your neighbor in the hospital – yeah, that one.
Write a note to someone who has meant a lot to you – tell them why they mean so much to you. Chances are they need that encouragement to-day.
Pray with someone even if it feels awkward
Invite someone over for coffee even if your house isn’t clean
Pray for someone by name for a period of time while you’re exercising
Let someone know how you’re praying for them
Eat lunch with someone in your church just for the purpose of getting to know them better
So encouraging daily is really as simple as approaching our days on purpose and asking God to give us those divine and many times unplanned chances to send forth His light. Sometimes we can plan it ahead of time and honestly, many times, we can’t. It’s living with a heart fully devoted to Him and letting Him love through us.
How have you been encouraged by others this year? Yes, I mean the nine day year we’ve all lived through so far.