National Day of Encouragement – Everyone likes to be encouraged! We should encourage each other daily, not just one day of the year.
National Day of Encouragement
It makes us feel really good when someone encourages us. According to Dictionary.com this very means to inspire with courage or confidence. It can also mean to approve or promote. Some Strong’s meanings is to exhort and comfort.
Maybe we can be like Barnabas the encourager. He encouraged the other disciples to accept Paul. He knew what God was going to do in Paul’s live and encouraged it in Paul and the others. Who can we uplift today and everyday.
So don’t just encourage people on National Day of Encouragement, but everyday! This day got started in 2007 and is held September 12 of each year. As I been looking into these unusual holidays, it’s like, this should be a daily thing, not just one day a year … However, I am reminded we do live in a wicked and dark world too.
According to WikiPedia
Harding University in Searcy, AR is the place that got the start in this holiday. The first proclamation for the Day of Encouragement was made by Mayor Belinda LaForce of Searcy, Arkansas on August 22, 2007. In September Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas, signed a proclamation making September 12, 2007 the “State Day of Encouragement” for Arkansas. Later, President George W. Bush also signed a message making September 12 the official “National Day of Encouragement.”
Gift of Encouragement
The Gift of encouragement? I was working at Pellissippi State as a security officer at one of the site campuses. While doing security, I got to talk to many of the students as I walked up and down the halls, stood at corners during class changes etc. Many of them would tell me about their classes, test, projects, etc. I would let them know that they will do well on them. It wasn’t until the end of the school year, one of the graduating students came in to the campus. That student told me, thanks for the encouragement you gave me while you were here on campus. I have watched you and how you interact with the other students. I wanted to let you know, I think you have the gift of encouragement. Plus, at church a few people told me that I remind them of Barnabas in the Bible.
I often feel sometimes we give to others what we need the most.
First published September 12, 2017. Last updated or republished September 12, 2018.