Being an Encourager

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NASB) 
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.”

Three important things in encouraging others are: prodding, praising and patience.

Watch a parent trying to get his  little child to take the first steps.  The parent will say something like, “Come to Daddy;” or “You can do it;” as they hold them up and point them in the right direction. When the child takes a step (or just keeps his balance and stands),  the parent explodes with praise.  Finally, the parent must display patience as the child may take several attempts before being able to walk.

Remember to apply those same principles in encouraging others…prodding, praising and patience.

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