I was once asked this question ‘Sister Bola, who encourages the encourager?’ I recently started thinking of that phrase and realised once more that everyone needs an encourager. A couple of things happened recently that got me thinking of ‘The Encourager’
One of the unique things I noticed recently on my runs are the little ‘well done’ greetings from other passers by. Amongst the greeters is this older gentleman who actually semi stops to not just say ‘well done’, but to give an extra phrase along the lines of ‘so proud of you young lady, you make me keep going as an old man’ . The encouragement of this gentleman and me being an encouragement to him, makes me push a bit further.
As I was thinking of the fact that everyone needs encouragement, I sat down to watch football and realised that though the stadium was empty (post covid football condition), there was a recording of cheering spectators. It was so strange because whenever a goal is scored, there is another recording with celebratory voices and when a goal is disallowed, there is also a recorded disappointment response. It’s interesting to see how the need for encouragers is being reflected in a world where you think the professionals don’t need anyone’s cheers. Yes they can play football, but could still do with an encourager.
Everyone needs an encourager and the bible wants us to be that one for the other. The scripture says;
‘So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing’ 1 Thessalonians 5:12
I will like to pass you a message of encouragement today and that is; no matter what you are going through; remember God’s word in Deuteronomy 31:6. I love the message version of this scripture which says;
“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; he won’t leave you.”
Whatever you are going through today, remember that God is striding ahead of you, and He is right there with you. He will not let you down, so stay strong because God is on your side.