*Note:  One of my readers commented on this blog I wrote in October of 2012.  I have revised it somewhat and thought I’d share it again today.  Be encouraged wherever you are!

I will not wish thee riches,nor the glow of greatness, but that wherever thou go some weary heart shall gladden at thy smile, or shadowed life know sunshine for a while.  And so thy path shall be a track of light, like angels’ footsteps passing through the night.   (Inscription on a church wall in Upwaltham, England).

We all need encouragement.  Everyone you meet needs to feel hope moving in the winds, feel encouraged in their empty spaces and embrace all that’s possible.   So how does the light of encouragement cast its beam on those who stand in the shadows?  Through you, fabulous you!  You are the voice of encouragement.  You are the arms that lift burdens from someone else’s shoulders.  You are the smile that gives them the hope to go on.  Encouraging others is a full time job  and so you are always on call, always needed, always a blessing.

With courage we offer kindhearted advice for the good of someone else, or we simply listen when no advice seems appropriate. Moving away from an office desk or a computer screen, means we can see each other once again.  We embrace  the simple things, the quiet needs of others in ways we cannot do when we’re locked into a space we’ve carved out only for ourselves.

A guy with a courageous (or perhaps foolish) spirit named Evel Knievel was born in 1938.  He was a legend because of the ways he competed to become better and better at his own death-defying dramas.  Though he had a locker full of character flaws, he had enviable traits that the world found fascinating.  He encouraged others to believe in themselves, to be the best at whatever they wanted to do in life, and to stay away from abusing chemical substances.  Late in life he was encouraged by faith in God.

So, if God can use Evel (Knievel) for good, then imagine what He can do for you.   Whatever else you do today, leave a track of light for someone else to follow.  It makes seeing what’s up ahead a whole lot easier for everyone on the path.  Blessings to all my favorite encouragers out there …you know who you are!  Keep turning up the light!

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