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The Best Encouragement Ever

Encouragement.  It’s something we all crave.  We all want to be told when we’ve done something well, that our efforts made a difference or that our circumstances will improve. A few thoughtful words can improve our outlook, the right words bring lasting change.

Known Challenges & Temporary Disappointment

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of hosting a weekend conference with Living Hope Church.  The conference was just a short 24 hours. It started Friday night and ended Saturday night, but it required some significant work.  We had about a dozen volunteers contribute several hours worth of free labor.

By the date of the conference two of our volunteers were unable to participate in the event they worked so hard at.  Their babies were due that weekend.  They couldn’t justify leaving town when their wives could go into labor at any minute. Both men were disappointed, but knew they needed to put their wives first.

At the end of the event I publicly recognized everyone who helped with the conference.  I intentionally explained that some of the volunteers didn’t even get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. It was a comment I thought would go unnoticed, but it didn’t.

Unseen Treasures & Eternal Encouragement

Shortly after the event was over a gentleman that I didn’t know pulled me aside.  He told me to inform the two volunteers who weren’t able to attend that he was praying that God would give them extra treasures in heaven.  His response caught me off guard, but it also gave me great joy!

Image via johnhartrealestate.com

Image via johnhartrealestate.com

This guy didn’t offer some hallow, half-hearted consolation such as “I’m sorry they couldn’t make it.” He was genuinely interested in their well-being.  He knew that missing out on the reward of there efforts that weekend didn’t mean they had to miss out on their reward at all.

By keeping an eternal perspective, this man was able to offer encouragement that surpasses any encouragement I’ve ever heard before.  He understood that there is more to life than meets the eye, that this world is not all there is and that those who believe in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in a place far better. His encouragement was so life-giving because he focused on the unseen treasures that last for eternity, rather than the temporary pleasures that fade with time.

Life is hard.  Disappointments are frequent.  Setbacks occur regularly. Next time a friend, family member or co-worker needs an uplifting word, choose to offer encouragement that will last.  Give them a deeper experience of Jesus by reminding them that in Christ believers have treasure in heaven that will never spoil or fade!

“This light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are unseen.  For the things that are seen are temporary, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

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  1. April 6, 2015 at 4:37 PM

    Reblogged this on a simple man of God and commented:
    I really like the perspective offered through this story. Head on over to Trevor’s blog. Not just for this story, but for so many other great thoughts God uses this man to show the world.

    ~Daniel

    • April 7, 2015 at 10:30 AM

      Thanks Daniel. I am humbled by your kind words! I like what you’ve got going on at “A Simple Man of God” as well. Your passion for Jesus and your commitment to his glory is very life-giving.

      • April 7, 2015 at 12:16 PM

        Good job living out that post! 😉
        Just know that the edification is multifaceted and, multidirectional, and appreciated. (In other words, I like seeing the joy God gets from helping His children spread joy to each other an others!)

      • April 8, 2015 at 8:01 AM

        That’s awesome! It gives me joy to know that you enjoy God’s joy in being God!

  2. April 7, 2015 at 1:46 AM

    Reblogged this on Coffee Book Love and commented:
    Originally posted by Trevor Nashleanas

    • April 7, 2015 at 10:34 AM

      Thanks for the reblog. I’m glad you found this post encouraging. I see that you’re really into books. I’ve been thinking about broadening my reading selection to include history and biographies/autobiographies. Do you have any good recommendations in those genres?

      • April 7, 2015 at 1:16 PM

        Humphrey Carpenter has a J. R. R. Tolkien biography that I have read a portion of. I only got about a third of the way through before I lent it out, and have yet to get back to it. However, I thoroughly enjoyed what I did read of it. So if you’re interested in Tolkien at all, that would be a good one. Other than that I haven’t read any bio’s or historical books.
        I tend to stick with Fiction, though I have been wanting to read more books that are educational in nature, such as historical accounts, bios, and classic works.
        My father enjoys reading non-fiction books, so I will ask him and get back to you. 🙂

      • April 8, 2015 at 8:03 AM

        Thanks for the suggestion. I’m more into non-fiction myself. I typically get my fiction kick through books (like Lord of the Rings) that have been turned into movies. Happy reading!

  3. April 8, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    No problem. I talked with my sister (who is a Historian) and she gave me a list of books that might be of interest. Little Commonwealth by John Demos, John Adams by David McCollough, and In Small Things forgotten by James Deetz. I know that my father really like Into The Heart Of The Sea: The Tragedy of The Whaleship Essex by Nathanial Philbrick. I hope you find something you like in this list. Since I haven’t read any of these books myself, I cannot say if there is any inappropriate content. I would imagine there would be mild and language and violence because of the types of books these are. So, you might want to do some research if you’re sensitive to such things. I hope you have an awesome day!

    • April 9, 2015 at 7:59 AM

      Thanks for getting back to me. I’ve never heard of any of those books, but they’ve got my attention. Especially the first three titles. Happy reading!

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