‘Encourage Yourself!’ Blog 33 – 2016

I will never forget the day our grandson Michael, who was eight years old at the time, had to run twice around the large running track at Little Athletics. Michael has Cystic Fibrosis, which causes respiratory system complications among other things. Although known as a ‘Well’ Cystic Fibrosis sufferer he just could not keep up. He was finishing the first lap at the same time the other runners were finishing their second. He wasn’t going to give in even though he had to keep stopping to get his breath. My heart was aching for him as continued around the now empty track. Just then, a couple of teenage girls went over to the sidelines and started chanting, clapping their hands in time. They were calling out “Mi-chael, Mi-chael, Mi-chael,” as they ran along with him. When he finally reached the finish line they cheered. The thought of their encouragement and his determination still brings tears to my eyes.

An encourager is someone who is generous and wants to see others do well. Did you know that Barnabas, the disciple who travelled on some of Paul’s missionary journeys with him was actually named Joseph?  It was the disciples who nicknamed him Barnabas because he was obviously an encourager. Barnabas means son of encouragement. We are told that Barnabas went to Antioch and encouraged the believers there and a great number of people became Christians because of this. He then went to Tarsus to bring Paul back so that Paul in turn could encourage and teach the new believers.

If you have no one to encourage you, encourage yourself. King David encouraged himself (1 Samuel 30:6) and Paul and Silas encouraged themselves when they were thrown falsely into prison. With their feet in stocks, they prayed and sang hymns encouraging themselves in the faith. After they were released they went straight to the believers and encouraged them. (Acts 16:16-40)

Chatting to my friend Pat the other day she quoted her mother as saying to her Dad, “You need to give yourself a good talking to.” I couldn’t help laughing; I had heard the saying before but not for many years. Sometimes I have to get myself by the virtual scruff of the neck and tell myself to ‘get over it’, encouraging myself to move on. If you are down in the dumps or a bit disappointed about a failure or nervous about a new project, if there is no one around to encourage you. Encourage yourself!

14Michael in the park

Michael kicking a ball

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About Veronica Nowell Author

Veronica Nowell has published four books since 2008. 'a farthing cone', 'a fourpenny wafer' and 'six chocolate coated ice creams'. These have now been produced as a trilogy under the name 'ice creams'. the fourth book is titled 'rainbow icecream'.
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4 Responses to ‘Encourage Yourself!’ Blog 33 – 2016

  1. belgravian says:

    I encourage myself by saying “come on Frank you can do it.” Good one Veronica. you always write something that stirs memories in others.

  2. gill says:

    This story reminds me of when Sam who was about 9 or 10 at the time took part in the Scouts sports day, he ran the 800 metres and not being a sportsmen was last in the field after lap one but he didnt get disheartened and stop he carried on right to the end and even though he was well last the audience gave him a big cheer. It was a very proud moment.

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