Secrets of Joy: How to Become a Source of Encouragement

Do you want to be a source of encouragement? Do you feel like you want to encourage others but just don’t know how to do it? When I was in High School, I read a story that illustrates the power of words. The story goes like this.

LESSONS ABOUT ENCOURAGEMENT FROM THE STORY OF THE TWO FROGS

There are two frogs hopping in the forest then suddenly the two frogs fell in a ditch deep enough that it is nearly impossible for them to jump out of. They shouted for help and not long, some other frogs gather around the ditch. Instead of helping the two frogs, the other frogs are shouting discouraging words to them and telling the two frogs that they should give up and just die in the ditch.

In spite of the other frogs’ discouraging words, the two frogs still try their best to jump out from the ditch. But the words of the other frogs started to get into the brain of the first frog. Eventually, the first frog stopped jumping and died.

As disheartening as this may be, the second frog continued to jump as if he does not hear the discouraging words of the other frogs on top of him. The more the second frog tries to jump, the harder the shout of the other frogs. Finally, the second frog concentrated all his strength then powerfully jumped with all his might. With this, the second frog was able to come out of the ditch.

The other frogs ask the second frog, “How did you do that? Did you not hear our discouraging words?” The second frog replied, “What a great surprise! My friend, I am hearing impaired and could not hear you clearly down there. All this time, I thought you are ENCOURAGING me!”

ARE YOU AN ENCOURAGER OR A DISCOURAGER?

Though the story is just a fable, we can learn vital lessons from it.

Sometimes, we take for granted the power of our words. We say something without even thinking whether what we will say is right or wrong. By the moment we realize that our words may be harmful, it’s too late and the damage has been done. How too often does this happen to us? Saying words that we wish we never have said?

There is power in our words. We must strive hard to UPLIFT people around us instead of putting them down just to make ourselves feel better.

That is PURE selfishness.

When people talk or get in contact with you, do they leave the room ENCOURAGED? Or discouraged?

When we see people succeed, do we appreciate them or do we rather get jealous and try to belittle their accomplishments?

When our friend commits a mistake, do we encourage them and try to make them feel better or do we make the situation worse for our friend?

These are just some questions that you need to ponder upon. My friend, words are powerful and the moment you use that power for the good of the people around you — you just made this world a better place to live in. 🙂

ENCOURAGE WITH ACTION

Sometimes, it is not enough to encourage people with plain words. It should be coupled with action. If you are in the bleachers and shouting to your friend who is running “you can do it, come on, I believe in you… don’t give up”, that will be a good thing. But when you are actually out their running with your friend and saying the same words of encouragement, it will make a TREMENDOUS effect not only to your friend but also in you.

Just like those frogs. If they only become more encouraging and stick their tongue out and tied them together, they could have saved the two frogs. Okay, the tongue idea might not work, but I know you get the point. What I’m saying is that we can choose to do something about a certain situation rather than complaining about the challenges of the present circumstances.

CHOOSE ENCOURAGEMENT!

We are all called to emulate the life of Jesus Christ our Master and Savior. He is a man and a source of encouragement. Let us pray to God that He will give us the wisdom to say the right words at the right time. So every time you are tempted to say bad things, just keep your mouth close. It is better to say nothing rather than saying things that may not benefit you. That will make all the difference.

Choose encouraging words rather than words that can vex the spirit of your fellow man. Choose to follow Christ and CHOOSE ENCOURAGEMENT!

How about you? Do you know how to encourage others? Please share your thoughts by leaving a comment. 

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