Monday, November 20th, 2017
I’m wondering, have you noticed that most working environments are flooded with discouragement? As Christians, we are called to be encouragers. Isaiah 35:3-4 tells us to “Encourage the exhausted and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, ‘Take courage, fear not.’” In 1 Thessalonians 5:11 we are told, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another…”
I was thinking about what I could do to encourage you and help you become an even more effective encourager on your job, and I think we have something that you will want to use. It’s called Pass-Along Encouragement, and it’s a pack of encouraging cards which you can give away.
All you have to do to get these Pass-Along Encouragement cards, is to make a commitment that you will give away five cards every week until they’re all gone. Obviously, I won’t be able to check up on you but I will trust that, if you request them, you are agreeing to give away these cards—five per week for the next three weeks.
Each day this week I am going to give you some examples of the cards and how you can use them. Each card has a quote or saying on one side, and a coordinating scripture verse on the other.
For instance, one says, “God created a marvelous, incredibly detailed work in you, and he’ll help you discover what to do with it.” The verse on the other side is Psalm 139:14: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well.”
If you work with someone who is struggling with their significance, or is feeling under-valued and unappreciated, don’t you think this card would brighten their day? You would need to pray for the right opening and the best way to present the card, but that means you’d be praying more often for your coworkers. What an idea! At lunch you might say, “I know what it’s like to have bad days—or even bad weeks!—when everything seems dark. I thought of you when I read this card, and thought it might cheer you up.” You could even add that you’re praying for that person, if appropriate and true.
I have a vision of hundreds of you becoming intentional about passing along encouragement where you work through the use of these cards, and watching how God will use it to improve relationships and change environments. God’s Word never returns void, so I challenge you to become a workplace encourager.
Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
You know the old song which says at home on the range, “There never is heard a discouraging word”? Well, I don’t know where that range is, but it’s my experience that our worlds are full of discouraging words, especially our work-worlds. I believe there is a need for marketplace Christians to become marketplace encouragers!
I have something to help you encourage others. It is a pack of Pass-Along Encouragement cards—cards which you can pass-along to coworkers for the purpose of encouraging them. All you have to do to receive your set of Pass-Along Encouragement cards is to promise that you will make a sincere effort to give away five of these cards each week until they are gone, choosing an appropriate coworker or friend who needs or deserves some encouragement.
Let me share a couple of these cards with you and give you some ideas of how you might use them.
On one side of each card is a quote or saying, and on the other is a coordinating scripture verse. This one says, “God will give you the strength you need to persevere. Don’t be afraid to pick yourself back up and try again.” The scripture passage is Psalm 37:23-24: “If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”
Know anyone who has failed lately? Know anyone who thinks they just can’t try again, because they didn’t succeed before? You could greatly encourage them by simply giving them this card. They need to know that all is not lost—they can go from where they are.
Maybe the workload has become very difficult lately and one of your coworkers is really struggling under the load. Here’s a card that could be just right for that person. It says, “When work becomes worrisome, know that God will be by your side.” The verse on the other side is Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
You may be thinking that it will take some courage to pass out these cards, but that’s where you rely on God: He will give you the wisdom to know to whom and when to give a card, and supply you with the courage to do it. This could then lead you to pray more for your coworkers, learn to rely on God more, and learn that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
Are you willing to give it a try? If you will sincerely make a commitment to use these cards as a way of passing on encouragement to your coworkers, then I’ll be glad to send you these Pass-Along Encouragement cards.
I am praying that you will take this challenge to become a better workplace encourager.
Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
Are you an encourager? One of my frequent prayers is that God will make me an encourager—one who refreshes others, as we read in Proverbs 11. An encourager is not a person who just happened to be born that way. No, an encourager is one who makes encouraging a high priority, and thinks of ways to encourage others. It is a directive given to us in many passages of Scripture, so as Christians we have a responsibility to become encouragers.
I want to encourage all workplace Christians to become intentional about encouraging their coworkers. Our workplaces are often full of discouragement, but what if we decided to become agents of encouragement in that work environment? Don’t you think God wants us to do that? Sometimes, admittedly, it just looks like mission impossible. After all, what can one person do?
I have a suggestion that may be just the thing for you to use where you work. It is a pack of cards called Pass-Along Encouragement. This packet contains fifteen cards, each with a simple quote or saying on one side and an appropriate scripture verse on the other. The idea is that you choose the right card for the right person, and then simply give the card to that person as an encouragement. I’m most glad to send you this packet as our gift to you, provided—yes, there is a catch—you will sincerely make a commitment to distribute five of these cards each week until they are all gone.
Each card is different. For example, one says “God will provide you with the strength and confidence you need to succeed,” and the verse on the other side is Philippians 4:13: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” No doubt there is someone for or with whom you work who is facing a monumental challenge of some sort—an upcoming presentation, a report that must be completed in a short time-frame, whatever. I’m sure we’ve all been in that place where the job before us looks impossible.
What if you found the right moment to present this card, simply saying, “I know what it’s like to be faced with a difficult assignment. This has encouraged me; I thought it might encourage you as well.” Don’t you think that simple act of encouragement could make a difference?
Remember: God’s Word never returns void; you never know how one verse of scripture can impact someone’s life!
Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
Whom did you encourage and build up today or yesterday? If we’re living by 1 Thessalonians 5:11, we ought to be able to identify some person or people whom we have encouraged or built up recently. This verse says, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another…” How about it? Are you an encourager?
We’ve developed a wonderful tool that could help you become more of an encourager—especially on your job. It’s a set of cards called Pass-Along Encouragement, containing 15 cards, each with different words of encouragement on it.
I’d love to send you these special cards—provided you will sincerely make an effort to give away five cards each week, praying first about to whom and when to give the cards. This means that in three weeks or so, you should have distributed all the cards. Just think about it: you will have given out fifteen positive words of encouragement and scripture verses. Don’t you think that could be mightily used by God to transform some relationships and maybe even the morale where you work?
One of these cards says, “Your joyful attitude and kind spirit spill over to others in the workplace,” and the verse on that card is Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again? Rejoice!” If there is a person for or with whom you work who really does keep a good attitude most of the time, don’t you think they would love to be recognized for that beautiful spirit? It’s not easy to stay positive in a negative world, is it? A word of gratitude from you could truly mean a lot to that person.
Another card says, “God has blessed you in many ways—with talents, love, and understanding.” The scripture verse is James 1:17: “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” So often we think nice things about people but we don’t express them. This card could help you tell one of your coworkers how you admire their gifts and abilities.