One of the readings for September 1st stated, "Encourage one another and build one another up." (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Encouragement is so important. We all feel better when someone notices our hard work or our struggles and offers a kind word. It helps us keep going and to fight the good fight. We need that in our faith lives and in our work and parenting. Our children need it as they grow and continue to face new challenges every day. There isn't a person alive who can't use at least a little bit of encouragement - those we live with, those we work with, the cashier at the store, the nurse or medical assistant at the busy doctor's office, a tired teacher, or the person panhandling for food or money by the side of the road.
Who can you encourage today? See how many kind words you can offer. I bet by the end of the day, you'll feel encouraged as well.