I had no business being on the team. I was all arms and legs with zero athletic bones in my body. But one of my friends talked me into joining our church league basketball team. I didn’t even know the rules of the game but I figured I’d learn along the way. I spent a lot of time on the bleachers and I was fine with that. And then the most horrific thing happened. The coach put me in during the last minute of a game, at a critical moment that would determine if we would win or lose. I shook my head but his encouraging words pushed me out there. Everything was a big blur after that. I don’t even remember what happened. But after all these years what I do remember is the coach who believed in me enough to risk it all.

That’s how God sees each one of us. Full of potential. A person who is capable of more than we think possible. And sometimes it takes another person to point out what we can’t see in ourselves.

Are you a person who helps bring out the best in others? Do you look for opportunities to encourage the people around you? If so, you have probably noticed that it’s like flipping on a light switch in a dark room. Helping a person have confidence and hope will launch them to new heights.

Make it a habit to encourage someone every day. You won’t have to look far because everyone needs it. And as you encourage others you will also be encouraged.

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing”  1 Thessalonians 5:11