Sometimes you hit a wall and it seems impossible to go on. For those going through assault course training, it’s encouragement from the team that get most over the wall. As marathon runners hit the wall after 20 miles, its encouragement from the crowd that can make the difference. If you’re facing some kind of wall, you need encouragement – getting over or through that wall is possible and it will make you stronger. Others have trod where you are treading.
‘God help us, we can't keep up this pulling, that is certain. Amongst ourselves we are unendingly cheerful, but what each man feels in his heart I can only guess’ – Captain Robert Falcon Scott
‘Difficulties are just things to overcome, after all’ – Ernest Shackleton
‘It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. Human life is far more important than just getting to the top of a mountain’ – Sir Edmund Hilary
What mountain is before you? It is better not to climb that mountain alone and its best to have someone who knows the way, who sees your potential and can encourage you.
‘A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential’ – John C Maxwell
‘We can all remember a time when someone encouraged us and made a difference in our lives. It may be just a moment, but this encouragement could last a lifetime’ – Megan Shull
If you listen carefully, someone is calling out encouragement to you. If you look carefully, someone is cheering for you. God tells you that he is for you and asks who then can be against you. Jesus has volunteered to be your defence and he speaks up for you. The Holy Spirit intercedes for you; he comforts, teaches and encourages you in everything you face.
‘My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him. The enemy will not get the better of him; the wicked will not oppress him. I will crush his foes before him and strike down his adversaries. My faithful love will be with him’ – Psalm 89:21-24
‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand‘– Isaiah 41:10
‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God’ – Isaiah 43:1-3
‘Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint’ – Isaiah 40:30-31
‘A bruised reed he will not break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory’ – Matthew 12:20
Bring that mountain to mind and then to God, for nothing is impossible for him. Let him show you the way and the others who can help you on this leg of your journey. As he strengthens you, in time it will be your turn to strengthen others.
‘Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear. It may be your arms to encourage. It may be your smile to uplift. Who knows?’ – Joel Osteen
‘When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you're making a commitment and difference in that person's life. Encouragement really does make a difference’ – Zig Ziglar
Pause to see how far up the mountain you’ve climbed, then press on a step at a time. The lessons you’re learning now about yourself and about God are truths you can later share with others. Those 'waiting others' need you to persevere now so that you can subsequently bring strength to them as they face their mountains.
‘Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you’ – Luke 6:38
‘I lift my eyes to the hills – where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip … he will watch over your life: the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and evermore’ – Psalm 121
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