The Joy of Encouragement

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

– Proverbs 11:25

As Christians, we’re blessed to be a blessing. I remember when I moved to Oklahoma as a teenager, I tried out for the varsity basketball team since I had played JV throughout my 9th and 10th grade years. However, the day of the tryouts, they paired us off into two teams, and I ended up making a big mistake by letting my team’s ball go out of bounds instead of attempting to save it. I was new in town and I was already nervous, but to make matters worse, when I fumbled, the team captain totally “dressed me down” over my gaffe, and I felt like I was about six inches tall. For weeks following, I walked around school embarrassed, and I kept my head held low. Though there were other ways he might have handled the situation, this uninspiring leader caused me to believe I was a burden, and to this day, I can’t think of a worse feeling. Thankfully, there is a counter to his type in the world, and they are known as encouragers. When I was on a missionary trip years later, I overheard someone in another room say, “Gosh, I’m so glad Bobby is here. If he wasn’t here, we’d be in trouble.” And let me tell you, his affirmation had as great a positive impact on me as the basketball team captain’s rebuke had negative. By speaking life over my ministry, he proved again the power that words have to impart value, hope, and joy to human souls.

My friend, as you lean into God’s goodness this year, do so with the confident assurance that He will use you to make a difference in the daily lives of all kinds of people. The essence of divine goodness springs forth from within you, and with an affirming word or a heartfelt compliment, you’re equipped to be a source of refreshing to everyone you meet. In fact, there’s no greater blessing in the world than bringing joy and encouragement to those who cross your path. As you abide in God’s presence and allow His Spirit to flow through you, you’ll uplift many and inherit the richest and most abundant existence available on earth!


Jesus, I know that I’m blessed to be a blessing. Use me to be a source of life and encouragement to others.


How can you build people up in the course of your daily life?

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3 Responses

  1. I thank GOD for Bobby all the time he has no idea how many people hear the WORD of GOD from him and are inspired for the rest of their lives or for just as long as that stays in their hearts, In fact I send a message to 6 people everyday in the morning with GODS words of the day. I know they are busy and do not expect a reply unless it it my neighbor Carrie. Then around 2 or 3 I text her and she was busy with her kids and thanks me for checking on her. I know GOD loves that kind of caring because it is the joy filled part of my day. Thanks again Bobby and I love hour of Power and your family is great.

  2. Thank you for such a wonderful story its amazing how God can use the words of another person to impact our lives Sometimes we need to hear what others have to say it can make a huge difference in our lives. Amen

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