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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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