Our Pastor once told us a fun fact about geese in his sermon. Geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to maintain the speed. In other words, they honk to keep each other going.
In the flight of life we all have an influence on each other. Will people be encouraged, or discouraged by knowing you? This is always a good question to think about.
Do you remember Steve Green's song based on 1 Thessalonians 5:11? In Children's Church we loved singing it as fast as we could. This song was easy to learn, but it also has a lot of truth to it!
Encourage one another and build each other up, build each other up, build each other up
Encourage one another and build each other up, up up up up up up up up up!
The second verse talks about discouraging words. Encourage one another, don't tear each other down.
Is your honking encouraging? Take a look at the past week. Did you carefully use your words to edify one another? Were the things you said true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, and kind?
Start looking for people in your life that might need a word of encouragement. One of the best ways to be encouraged is to be an encouragement!