Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Day 12 ~ The Gift of Encouragement

Happy Wednesday!  Are you expecting great things today?  I hope so!!

Today's prompt for giving is the gift of encouragment.  Here is short message from Joel Osteen's blog at today from his message about Find Somebody to Be Good To Every Day Love is seen in our actions. This world does not need to hear another sermon nearly as much as it needs to see us being good to people.

Learn to give your time, your money, or an encouraging word. When you show love, you are showing God to the world. And don't worry if you don't get any credit. When you let somebody in traffic in front of you, you may never see that person again. When you give somebody twenty dollars because you had compassion in your heart, you may never hear back from them, but let me assure you, God is keeping the records. He's seen every time you've been good to somebody. He's heard every encouraging word you've spoken. God has seen all the times you went out of your way to help somebody but they never even said thank you. The Scripture says when you do things in secret, when you do things without getting any credit, when nobody thanks you, God sees it, and you will even receive a greater reward.

It's one thing to make a big splash and let everybody know how generous you are, but if you really want to be blessed, do something good for somebody and don't tell anybody about it. Leave some cash in an unmarked envelope on the desk of that coworker that's struggling to make ends meet. At the restaurant, buy somebody's dinner and remain anonymous. Clean up the kitchen at the office and don't tell anybody that you did it. When you do things in secret and you don't get any credit, you are sowing a seed for God to do great things in your life

 So today my challenge if you are up to it is to ENCOURAGE 3 strangers or friends/family members in a way that has meaning.  For me, I will leave 3 notecards work boxes today maybe with a bible verse that relates to their lives and specific days.  I love doing this and have found more enjoyment with hand written notes and letters lately.  
Enjoy your day and remember if you have any great ideas please leave them here and will use them for a prompt in the near future.  
Julie, what is the best way to get friends over to your blog??  Any suggestions??


Angi @ CokiePop said...

I Love Joel Osteen's messages. Thanks for sharing today. :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

No real suggestions my dearest... I just know people love for you to visit them! :):):):):):):):):):) I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee today's message! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)