💯 Cultivating encouragement in our lives is vital to how we tell people the TRUTH.
✍🏼 DISCLAIMER: MY blog is my opinion. I encourage you to go to the word of God constantly to find ways to speak the truth and encourage.
“A generous person will prosper, those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 NIV
Authentic encouragement doesn’t mean you are nice liar and that you are only out to tell people what they want to hear. It just means you ask yourself 2 questions before you hit people with brutal honesty.
👉🏼 Do I pray for this person often?
👉🏼 Am I concerned or am I responsible for this person?
Concern for someone is a bedrock
for prayer first.
If you are concerned for the person but have no relationship, you pray. If you are concerned and have a relationship with the person, you still pray. Our truth still only brings subtle change. But Prayer has has the power to transform and also leaves the credit in the right hands, GOD.
When we are RESPONSIBLE for someone Truth Telling is vital.
We have a responsibility to our children to tell them the truth and to lead them to discover the truth. We have a responsibility for those in our business’ we are over, guiding and modeling healthy leadership. If you need to have a heart to heart and speak truth, do it in love. We have a responsibility to close family member’s that we have strong relationship with. These are our opportunities to be honest. People we have had trusted time with that we have “earned” the right to be honest with.
Authentic encouragement isn’t the safer option, I promise you that. Encouraging is for the resilient and the strong. Encouragement lays a bridge before people who might not otherwise know how to get over their sea discouragement.
Authentic encouragement is not natural for anyone either, it’s a character trait and it can be fostered. You can cultivate encouragement.
I VALUE YOU,