A 25-Day Countdown to a Character-Filled Christmas Day #7

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I Thessalonians 5:11

Christmas provides us with wonderful opportunities to reach out and encourage our friends, families, co-workers, and sometimes, even strangers. Today’s character quality is encouragement and honestly, the more you practice extending this character quality, the more encouraged you will become yourself!

It’s so easy to share discouraging words. Every day we are presented with opportunities to see the cup as half-empty. In fact, cynicism has become the normal voice of our culture. For too many, today is rotten and tomorrow doesn’t look any better. What an awful emotion to experience…Especially during the Christmas Season!

That prevailing sentiment is what makes encouragement such an essential character quality.

When we purposefully choose to look for the positive in people and situations, we will be encouraged and that’s great. But when we take that positive attitude and learn to speak words of encouragement into the lives of others… that’s when our joy will flourish and overflow and others will be transformed.

Do you realize that your positive and encouraging words can completely change the climate of someone’s day? When we embrace that truth we can become world-changers! Recognizing the power of encouraging words empowers us to build hope into the lives of our friends, families, and acquaintances.

When we share encouraging words with our friends and loved ones, we are showing them the love of Christ.

Our encouragement may be just what they need in order to persevere until the Day of Christ.

Sadly, discouraging words often come more naturally to us than encouraging words. We don’t have to train ourselves to speak disparagingly. No…complaints, grumbling, and discouragement come easily. What’s more difficult is learning to speak words that uplift, praise, and encourage.

It’s more difficult, but it isn’t impossible; it just takes practice!

Practice speaking words of encouragement at home. Parents, as we share positive words of encouragement, “That wreath looks so nice! Good job!” our children will naturally begin to speak uplifting words as well. We can set the tempo for encouragement in our homes. There is nothing sweeter than a home full of encouraging children and parents.

Some of our family and friends will need more encouragement than others this holiday season. That’s okay! Take the time to stop, notice, and build them up with your words. For some, the holidays are sad and lonely times. Your words of encouragement can change their discouragement to joy.

Encouraging people will find joy in their own lives and spread that joy to others.

May I encourage you to make a commitment to encouraging someone today?