(O'Fallon High School Lacrosse Team vs. St Rita High School - picture taken with Canon 5D Mark II, f/2.8 @ 175 mm, 1/640, ISO 3200)
But I considered it necessary to send you Epaphroditus—my brother, co-worker, and fellow soldier, as well as your messenger and minister to my need. . . (Philippians 2:25)
Some people know just what to say and do to encourage others who are going through difficult times. Their words give strength to those who are discouraged and comfort to those who are grieving. These people are sensitive to God's voice. They are not self-centered or unaware of the struggles of those around them. They are the ones we immediately seek when we enter a crisis. They are welcome visitors when we are in distress, for their presence sustains us.
Scripture testifies of many whom God enabled to encourage others.
Paul experienced trials throughout his life, but God sustained him by placing Godly friends around him who provided support in practical and sacrificial ways. God wants to develop you into the kind of friend who can strengthen others.
The words you share and the things you do can bring comfort and encouragement to your family, your friends, your neighbors, and your coworkers. Think of someone in your circle of influence and search for a way to encourage them this week.