Monday, April 7, 2014

How NOT to encourage others in their hard times.

If you want to encourage someone who is going through a hard time, DO NOT say: "So, you think you've got it hard? Let me tell you my story." DO NOT compare hard times. When we do this it really is self-focused rather than other-focused. Our sharing becomes self-serving. It changes the focus from encouraging someone else to highlighting me and brings no encouragement to the other person! Enter into THEIR story. Listen to THEM. Encourage THEM. Share God's abiding truths--that is what will bring encouragement in THEIR hard time!

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