Ok, whether you like Tebow (the quarterback for the Denver Bronco’s football team) or not, he makes a very clear stand about his faith in Jesus. There are lots of people who like him for his stand & lots of people who don’t like him for being so vocal. This blog isn’t to applaud or criticize Tebow, but rather to encourage us to grow, mature, develop & change – and to foster development & growth in the people around us.
Some ways that we can encourage others to grow include:
- applause – celebrate when those around you take a step that may be difficult for them, encourage persistence & endurance
- constructive criticism – while we must of course be honest, being negative & critical doesn’t foster growth
- listen – oftentimes, I find that many times I can find the answer that I need if someone will give me a few minutes of listening
- pray – ask God to help the person that needs to grow & be open for God to show you areas in your life that need to change as well. It’s not uncommon for me to be praying for someone else, andn God to show me some similar areas in my life that need to be improved, adjusted or revamped
And as for Tebow, whether you like him or not, I think we can agree that season has caused him to grow alot 🙂
I want to be a person who inspires courage, faith & strength. In my mind, courage is an opposite for cowardice & I don’t want to be a person who’s influence causes others to be timid, scared, cowardly or insecure. I want to put “courage in” people – to be an encouragement.
With this in mind, I’m real keen to hear your thoughts on what en-courages you, what puts courage into you??? Thanks for your help!!
I just started reading Job & I was reading the part where God & Satan were chatting about Job. What an interesting conversation! Makes me consider that maybe they chat about us as well, from time to time. If you would be curious to know what might be said between them about you, don’t get nervous. I’m quite confident, based on Jesus’ atoning work, that God is looking on you w great favor, maybe even bragging about you!! You can also trust that the devil’s efforts haven’t changed throughout history – he’s still looking for some way to bring you down, talking smack.
Based on this dialogue, we just need to continuously decide that our ears are tuned into God’s voice – He affirms you, believes in you & most importantly, loves you. The other voice is nothing but deception, smack & destruction.
Sure, we all need to grow, improve & do better, but Gods voice always applauds while the devil always jeers & discourages. You’re not a loser!!