“Keep it up!” “Atta-boy!” “Good job!” “You’re doing great!”
Did you smile, reading those encouraging phrases? Hearing (reading) words of encouragement brings about smiles, grins, and lifted shoulders. Yes, when someone speaks those positive words to you, something changes in the atmosphere around you.
Maybe you were feeling dejected, or weary. Maybe you didn’t think you could complete the task. Maybe you felt like a failure. Maybe your “win” column appears much smaller than your “lose” column.
You aren’t alone. The spectators are waiting to cheer you on to victory! Their “Atta-boys!” and ” Keep it Ups!” give you much-needed strength and an emotional lift. You gain enough from the words of encouragement to finish what you started.
This is not the time to give up. It’s the time to PAUSE to encourage — and to BE encouraged.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. ~1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
This is also the time to PAUSE to spur one another ON. “Keep it up!” Don’t give in. Don’t falter. You never know how close someone may be to giving up, to not showing up, to secluding themselves away from the Body of Christ. Your encouragement can make all the difference!
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. ~Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
God has some mighty HIM-POSSIBLE things He wants to do through you. For you. With you. To you. The key to seeing those mighty things? KEEP IT UP!
The devotions in The Pause for Him-Possible series are in the process of being published and will be available to purchase soon!