Give words of encouragement (Advent Day 15)

believe in yourselfDo you know someone who is going through a tough time right now? Maybe he is struggling with a relationship or family issue. Or she was laid off and in the process of trying to find a new job. Perhaps it’s a student cramming to get through finals and finish papers for the semester. And chances are there is someone you know who is battling a chronic or serious health issue.

Take a few moments today to make a phone call, send an email, text, Facebook post or tweet to give your loved one, friend or co-worker a few words of encouragement.

Keep it simple, upbeat and caring – the kind of message you’d like to receive when you’re feeling low or defeated.

It’s important to avoid giving advice, empty platitudes or psuedo-affirmational statements such as “God never gives you more than you can handle” or “That which doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.” Your words should be supportive and comforting.

Everyone has good and bad days. A little bit of encouragement can go a long way toward lifting someone’s spirits during a challenging time and letting them know they aren’t going it alone.

Feel free to share your experience or your creative suggestions. If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, share using the #24daysofgiving hashtag. Let’s spread some love and good cheer!

Did you miss a day?

Day 1: Give yourself 5 minutes

Day 2: Give someone your attention

Day 3: Give time to a worthy cause

Day 4: Give someone a helping hand

Day 5: Give a cup of coffee or tea

Day 6: Give 3 words of love

Day 7: Give a handwritten note

Day 8: Give hugs

Day 9: Give blessings

Day 10: ForGIVEness for yourself and others

Day 11: Give yourself permission to say no

Day 12: Give yourself space to let the light in

Day 13: Give a nice greeting

Day 14: Give yourself a day off

#24daysofgiving is an Advent experiment in being called to come into being through the practices of love and compassion, while reflecting on the coming of Christ into the world.

(Image credit: life’s employee)

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