Words of encouragement (a blog post in just 4 paragraphs!)

Over the past few weeks, Traci and I have been truly overwhelmed by the number of encouraging notes, emails, texts, FB messages, posts, replies to blogs, etc… that we have received from so many of you. It is seriously humbling to be supported by so many people from so many walks of life. We’ve received notes from pastors and missionaries, co-workers, parents, cousins, firemen, military veterans, teachers, brothers, youth workers, students, 2nd career moms, CEOs, unemployed husbands, stay-at-home moms, principals, sisters, business owners, in-laws, church members from our previous work, small group members, baseball coaches and more. Truly we are humbled.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping carry us thru this season of transition. Your words of encouragement bring to mind Paul’s command in Ephesians, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those hear” (4:29). Without question, we have been recipients of your grace.

Words of encouragement, printed off and seen every day. THANK YOU for your kindness!

Words of encouragement, printed off and seen every day. THANK YOU for your kindness!

We’ve printed off all the encouragement we’ve received and taped each one to the back of our door. Over the next year I want to offer the same encouragement to others, that has been offered to us, so here’s what I’m committing to: each day between now and December 31st, I’m going to write a note that “fits the occasion,” praying “that it may give grace to those that hear.” Your words have not only encouraged us, but now they will be the inspiration for words that, by God’s grace, will be an encouragement to others.

Words are so important, and I believe I understand that now, better than ever before. Who could you encourage today? Will you take a little challenge with your words? For the next (7, 14 or 30…you choose!) days, take time to write one meaningful card, email, FB message or [insert your preferred message of communicating] to a person that needs a boost. Will you do that? Let me know in comments who’s on board!

Go ahead and take the plunge, life is always better on the water!

Hey Married guys, want to bless your wife with powerful words of encouragement? Check out this simple idea you can do for a week, a month or a whole year! TRUST ME, it’s worth it!

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9 Responses to Words of encouragement (a blog post in just 4 paragraphs!)

  1. Tamara Horton says:

    So cool all the notes. Great idea to put them on your door!

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  2. Kendra says:

    Great challenge Joe! I will accept

  3. Love This!! We are all called to be encouragers. The world is a lot less lonely when we share gratitude and kindness with each other. I recently received a Thank you, from someone I wrote a note to 10 years ago. It’s never, ever, too late to say an encouraging word.

  4. Tom Tanner says:

    Great idea. I have a “Today I am thankful for…” sign on my office door that I add to every day and have encouraged my staff to do the same. Some of them are doing it now too! I will accept this challenge!

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