Encouraged, Be it or Give It

Reading For Today: Proverb Chapter 12

Gold Nugget
Verse 25: “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”

Worry and fear have a crippling effect. Often people can’t function because of the unknown. Whether it is because of failures of the past or fear of future failures, not knowing what will happen too often keeps people effortless. Sometimes this is a result of being too concerned with what other people think. We’re afraid of what people will think of us if we fail. Will they think I am dumb, poor or ugly? Many people avoid doing things that are actually within their ability to do, but choose to play it safe for fear of failing. In playing it “safe” they actually invite self-doubt and regret begins to take root in their heart. In this, their heart becomes heavier and heavier. As today’s “gold nugget” says, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.”

Although having too much concern for one’s own image can causes this type of anxiety, losing confidence in one’s ability to accomplish goals will destroy the spirit and crush the heart. Just as anxiety will put you in a spiritual and mental cell, a good word can set you free. I believe we all have the ability to set each other free at times. You should take great pleasure in setting others free. We all have times when we get down, and we benefit from the encouragement of others.  If you are the one that is down, take matters into your own hands, pull yourself up, step out in faith and walk away from fear. The Lord will take care of you and will keep you from destruction. If you are the one who sees someone down, take the initiative to encourage them. They may need to be told how smart, beautiful or handsome they are or just an overall vote of confidence in them when they don’t have it for themselves. Remember what Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

Lord, sometimes I am the one down on myself and crippled with fear. Other times I am feeling confident and can lift up others. Help me to be encouraged by those that you send to me when I am down and help me to be mindful of others that need to be encouraged when it is my ability to do so. Amen

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