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Let Me Encourage You To…

I’ve always found that phrase so funny and yet I use it all the time. All the time.          Let me encourage you to trust in the Lord.          Let me encourage you to exercise more.          Let me encourage you to forgive him. And you know what it actually means, don’t you? In Christianese, it really means you need to. Am I right? But, it just sounds better to have the word encourage in there. Who doesn’t like encouragement? So, when you need to tell someone what to do, just encourage them. I’m just sayin’.

18 thoughts on “Let Me Encourage You To…”

  1. I agree…Last week a vietnamese girl that is in my work out class (have been out for a while recovering from surgery) say ..”where you been?…you gain weight…you need lose weight…your belly got fat!” WOW! I didn’t know a size 8 is obese…That Hurt! OUCH! I enjoy truth…but sometimes an encouraging tone is the way to go… so, now…off to work my fat belly off…

  2. Yes, the word “encourage” makes it sound a lot better! I so love even reading the definition of “encourage”. When I realized what it literally meant, it made my use of the word less pat. According to webster’s dictionary, “encourage” means to: to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope

    To give others the COURAGE (the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty) to do something! Now that is cool! So encouragement is more than just a nice word to put in a sentence; when really trying to genuinely encourage someone, like you are, it’s giving them the courage and heart to do something, probably something they are not naturally inclined nor want to do of their own accord. But God has given us a blessed role to spur on courage in each other! 🙂 Pretty special!

  3. Oh, and to Jenn about the Vietnamese girl’s comment. Most Asians don’t think it’s rude to matter-of-factly comment on the way someone looks; to them, it is an act of kindness that they are noticing something has possibly changed, as a way of showing you that they care about you. So while it catches me, and you and other westerners off guard or comes across as really rude, to them, it’s a way they are showing they care. In my time overseas, I’ve been warned a number of times about that issue, especially because U.S. folks have a keen sense of body image, but likely, she was simply showing you that she cared. Just different cultures. 🙂

  4. Being a black and white, tell-it-like-it-is sort of person, I tend to simply say “You need to…” LOL

    Fortunately, God’s mercy and muzzle have stopped me on many occassions, sparing my friends (and sometimes even my family) untold trauma.

  5. I’m confused…

    So are we supposed to say “let me encourage you” when what we really mean is “do this”…..

    Or are we supposed to call it like it is and say “do this”.
    ??

    This is one of those moments where I feel like wearing a WWJD bracelet again.

  6. huh, well good to know! Now when you’re on the rcvg end I guess it’s important to hear the person’s heart behind what they’re saying, and hopefully rcv in love and with an open mind.

    so being that I am still kinda new to Christian life…what does “I love you in the Lord” mean?

    anyone? anyone? Buhler? Buhler?

  7. Meg got it right 🙂

    Also, sometimes you’ll hear an Asian person tell you that “Wow, you’ve gained a lot of weight!” Normally, they’d follow with something like “Livin’ a good life eh?”

    Gaining weight (within certain “Asian” standard), are normally associated with prosperity.

    And..boy have I been prosperous…..

    *chomp* *chomp* *chomp*

  8. Thanks Meg for the information on other cultures (did not know that)…I guess I should be glad???? then that she noticed my flabby tummy…I’m not personally so glad about my “tire”..Good Year just phoned mef or an endorsement!…you”re right…we obsess about image here! We have got to be better at it…so, Off to get my hair done…HA! HA! J/K Seriously…good info.

  9. “So, when you need to tell someone what to do”
    The first step is admitting you have a problem…(grin)

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