When you ask a room full of seasoned believers to name some “spiritual gifts”, the word “encouragement” isn’t usually one of the first responses you get. “Healing”, “Tongues”, “Prophesy” and “Words of Knowledge” seem so much more exciting and supernatural. Although I highly value all those gifts and operate in them very frequently, I’ve learned over and over again that some of the seemingly most natural things can have the most supernatural impact.
This inspiring movie I found on YouTube can give you a first idea of what I’m talking about in the lines to come:
AN ENCOURAGED MCDONALD’s MANAGER:
THE BEAUTIFUL SNOWBALL EFFECT:
I’m sure you’ve had this happen to you before: you’re having and average day,nothing special happened so far, maybe you’re even feeling a little bit down. Then somebody comes by and pays you a compliment. The person says something like: “Hey, you look great today!” or: “You really did an incredible job with this project earlier.” You think you didn’t hear right, so you look up into the persons eyes expecting that what you just heard was accompanied by a sarcastic funny face. The genuine smile on the strange person’s face however leaves no doubt: You’ve just been encouraged! This feels great! Now you begin to smile and say something around the lines of: “Oh! You think so? Thanks, but it really wasn’t a big deal at all…”. As soon as the conversation is over, you turn around and walk off as a different person. You suddenly feel more significant, energetic and see the world through new glasses. A few steps further down the hallway, you run into someone else and somehow can’t help but notice what a great job they are doing. You tell them. And a few others, who are now walking off in encourage-everything-you-see mode as well. A snowball of almost unstoppable power just started rolling down the hill in your office, church or whatever other location you’re at.
“To live in courage requires encouragement.” – Bill Johnson