“The Desire To Encourage”
By Zach Wood
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
One book of the Bible I always enjoy reading through is the book of Psalms. The pages are filled with inspiration and encouragement. These words from David are no doubt amazing. How often you do you find yourself going through your day and asking God for your words to be pleasing and encouraging to others? Do you start your day asking God to give you strength and guide your tongue through the day so that you will share encouraging words with others?
We’ve recently looked at this idea of how we need to be positive and not negative toward others in our relationships each day. Why would we have any other desire than to be encouraging, uplifting and beneficial in what we say? I don’t’ believe our intent is ever to discourage others or tear them down. However, we have an enemy that knows where our weaknesses are and how to shoot us down so that we become negative and begin using discouraging words.
I really believe it’s important to start out the day with prayer asking God to give us strength, perseverance and loving words to share through the day with others. We need Him to guide our day and to help us live our day to be pleasing to Him. It sounds simple, yet very hard to actually live out.
Go back and read this passage again. Will you choose to make this a prayer from your heart each day with sincere desire to do everything you can to please God by encouraging others? May the words we use each day and the thoughts and attitude of our hearts be pleasing and glorifying to Him. We surely want the Lord to be pleased with all we do, right?
Be intentional to start your day with the desire to please God by encouraging others and a positive attitude in your heart.