The Encourager’s Creed

by Andy Wood on December 16, 2007

in Esteem, Love

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Today and every day I will offer the most elegant gift another human can receive: the gift of encouragement. I will recognize that my gift is theirs to receive or to refuse, and that it comes with no expectations or demands.

Today and every day:

I will give the lonely a reason to believe in companionship again. And in so doing, I will banish loneliness from my own heart forever.

I will give the open-hearted a reason to grow – to expand their knowledge or their experience, their character or their self-confidence. And in so doing, I will discover paths of my own growth I never knew existed.

I will give the dreamer a reason to achieve – to accomplish a major step toward a goal or project. And in so doing, I will find myself closer to my own dreams than ever.

I will give the sojourner a reason to feel connected – to God, to self, to me. And in so doing, I will embark on my own wondrous journey of intimacy.

I will give my coworkers a reason to say, “Thank You,” but I will not demand that it be said. And in so doing, I will experience the exhilaration of true teamwork.

I will give the ordinary a reason to feel respected. And in so doing, I will possess greater respect from myself and from others.

I will give the solemn a reason to laugh or smile. And in so doing, I will be reminded again not to take myself too seriously.

I will give the decision-maker a reason to say, “Yes” with enthusiasm, or, “No” with courage. And in so doing I will be delivered from my own inaction.

I will give the weary a reason to go on, refusing to quit. And in so doing I will sow the seeds of my own prevailing strength.

I will give the apathetic a reason to be passionate about the things that really matter. And in so doing, I will face the trivial and meaningful in my own life.

I will give the cautious a reason to get out of that dull routine and live a little. And in so doing I will protect my own spirit from stagnation.

I will give the cynic a reason to believe the world is a beautiful place. And in so doing, I will rediscover for myself the splendor of the grand and the grace of the simple.

Most of all, I will recognize that this day is a gift to me. Today and every day I will take the time to encourage the encourager. I will recognize that my greatest gifts become available to others only when I offer them first to myself and to my God.

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Francis Meador December 31, 2007 at 1:47 pm

I really enjoyed this. Just wish I was better at remembering all the really neat things I read. But I pray God will remind me of what I really need to
remember when the appropriate time comes.

Lisa Tucker January 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm

I think what you shared here is essential for every individual on earth to grasp … but my heart latched on to the truth at the end. I must first offer my gifts to myself and my God so that they can be given to every other person as well. Too many times we discount ourselves, and in so doing diminish what God has placed within us. Other times, we take what we have and apply it in the manner that best suits ourselves or our interpretation of them. Instead they should be presented to God and directed by Him. When this is done, He multiplies our efforts and worlds are changed. Thanks for the thoughts and ideas to chew on and make us think!

Ross June 20, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Love this! In fact, I have been “going though” it a bit today, and this lifted my spirit! “I will give the weary a reason to go on, refusing to quit. And in so doing I will sow the seeds of my own prevailing strength.” One of my strengths is to encourage, but even those who encourage need some encouragement. Thanks!!

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