I've been working on a talk for a church women's group on the topic of encouragement. I thought I'd share some of my thinking about this topic with you. And if you, say, live somewhere warm and would like me to do it in person, feel free to invite me. I'm cold!
Encouragement is one of those topics that can become a bit ho hum. Well, maybe that's just me. When I was in youth group, another girl declared that she had the gift of encouragement. This was quite annoying because what she thought was encouraging wasn't actually encouraging for me. Little notes on flowery paper of smultchy blah, blah with a token Bible verse felt empty to me. Hugs with cries of 'You're the best Jenny!', just irritated me. Consequently I thought that encouragement wasn't something I either needed or felt I needed to give. It just seemed dumb to me.
|This sort of thing makes me a bit queasy|
And the question that the Bible asks is, 'what does it look like for me to encourage another Christian?' and the Bible gives us the reason for encouraging.
What's your take on/experience of good/bad efforts at encouragement?