October 12

National Encouragement Day
Reflection

In 2007, young people at the National Leadership Forum at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas started the National Day of Encouragement. They saw the lack of encouragement as one of the main obstacles that young people face. September 12 was chosen as the date of the National Day of Encouragement in honor of the spirit of encouragement that followed September 11, 2001 when people across the country encouraged and supported each other following the terrorist attacks. It was made the official Day of Encouragement in a message signed by President George W. Bush.

To encourage is to offer support, to build confidence, and to inspire hope. Not only young people but all of us can use some encouragement as we try to deal with the stresses of our times and not lose hope.  To receive encouragement from a friend or within a loving community is a great source of strength as we work to overcome the daily negative experiences that assault us.

Prayer

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1

Action 

Celebrate the day by encouraging others.  Words of support and kindness can boost morale. Talking with someone and showing them you understand can make a difference. Take the time to show someone you care too.

Suggested Reading

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear, but God has given us a spirit of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.
2 Tim 1:7

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assisi

You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.
Malala Yousafzai

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.
Martin Luther King

Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Robert H Schuller

There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
Bruce Lee

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
Malcolm S. Forbes

 

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