Encouragement plays a vital role in the growth and development of a child. Children who grow up with consistent encouragement thrive; those who grow up with constant criticism shrivel. We never grow too old to need encouraging words. Ephesians 4:29 says: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Adults and children become more confident in their abilities and in who they are when they are encouraged. Thank you for lifting the staff’s spirits this month. Your encouraging words sent through cards, phone calls, and notes filled our hearts and motivated us to work harder.
Encouragement can mean the difference between feeling motivated and completing goals or feeling discouraged and giving up. We feel validated and proud to work at FCC. Jesus knew what He was doing when He sent His disciples out in pairs to preach the good news. They were able to support and encourage each other in the good times and the hard times of building the Kingdom of God. Likewise we very much need each other to continue this Kingdom work. Hebrews 10:24-25 says: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Let’s be disciples who encourage each other!