Sometimes, I think that the best time to encourage someone is when they’ve done something amazing.

Sometimes, I think that it’s when I notice that a friend is looking as though they’ve had a bad day.

Sometimes, I think that it’s when someone has tried really hard, but just fallen short of their goal.

Sometimes, I think that it’s when someone has given up because they didn’t think that they can do anything significant.

Sometimes, I think that it’s when I know that someone’s really busy and perhaps feeling overwhelmed by all of the demands that life has placed upon them.

Sometimes, I think that it’s when a person has done something for the first time and they’re not sure how they went.

Sometimes, I think that it’s when someone is short of confidence and needs building up.

Sometimes, I think that the best time to encourage someone is immediately after they’ve had a success.

Sometimes, I think that it’s a week later after I’ve had a chance to reflect on the significance of their efforts.

Sometimes, I think that it’s just when God places a name into my head and I don’t know why, but I know that I should give them a call or send them a message to offer support or inspiration.

Then I realise that there is no preferred time to encourage others, so I should just do it all of the time.

People are never worse off for someone speaking into their lives, building them up, highlighting their skills and appreciating them for who they are.

Encouragement builds confidence, team spirit, resilience and often inspires people to do even greater deeds.

So wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, think of someone you can encourage right now and do it.

Because now is the only time that we have.

Who are you going to encourage after reading this post?

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