Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder often sends notes of encouragement to players from the opposing team. The notes usually arrive shortly after the game has been played. Coach Snyder finds some way to express admiration or encouragement. Sometimes the recipient of the note has had an outstanding game. In other cases, the player might have been injured, and Snyder sends his wishes for a speedy recovery.
This is a nice gesture, especially considering the quick, easy and informal means of communication that are available today. The hand-written notes are a thoughtful and much-appreciated source of encouragement.
Encouragement is…well…encouraged, I guess, in the Bible. Paul and his travelling companions were once urged, “…Brothers, if you have a message of encouragement for the people, please speak.” (Acts 13:15).
It has been said that discouragement is the devil’s greatest tool. There certainly are a lot of discouraged people in the world today. You and I could help them out with just a little encouragement. Let’s find a way to encourage someone today.