Encouragement?

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1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NLT)
11So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)
29Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Reflect

  Have you ever felt lonely and need some encouraging words, or someone to build you up in times of trouble? Have you ever seen or heard of someone who is feeling lonely and needs someone to just say some encouraging words?

  I have been on both sides. I needed someone to encourage me, and I saw someone who needed encouragement. 

  When I was feeling lonely and needed someone to build me up, I was getting bullied, constantly getting brought down by one person saying mean and hurtful things about me. I thought no one cared about me or what I felt. I asked God every day, every time I didn’t have homework, to have this person stop bullying me, or for someone to be my friend. I also asked God to help me see the value I have in the people around me. I was going through a tough time.

  A few weeks later, after I continuously prayed to God, he sent me someone who just said a couple encouraging words to me every day, someone to be my friend. After hearing those words, I finally felt like someone cared about me, like I was of value to someone, and I praised God so much. So, I stopped caring what the bully thought of me and I never let their words hurt me. The bully eventually stopped bullying me after realizing I wasn’t getting hurt of affected by them.

  Now, I don’t let anyone bring me down, and I am surrounded by people who care and value how I feel. I have learned to see the value in people when no one else does.  

  When I saw someone who felt lonely and needed some encouragement, I thought about how I felt and what I had gone through. I knew I needed to help that person, but I didn’t know how. I prayed to God asking for his wisdom and guidance in this situation, I also prayed for the person.

  After praying, I knew what to do. Every day, I left that person some little notes that I hoped who encourage them. Some people joined me in making or buying little tokens to give the person some daily encouragement.

Respond

  Always remember Psalm 46:1 (NIV): God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

  If you need encouragement, pray to God to help you with that situation. If you know someone who needs encouragement, make a list of things you can do, and try to do those things. I hope you can encourage someone.

The author is a middle school student from San Jose, California.

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