Encourage. Its word origin is french. In Corage – In Courage – Encourage. It means to give support, confidence, or hope in someone. What a time of year to be encouraging; the season of hope and joy. No matter who you pray to or if you even pray at all, there still is hope all throughout the season. People are going out of their way to help a stranger and families are willing to set aside fears and doubts to spread the hope and joy to each other! For me, what is the most encouraging is knowing who I belong to and keeping my eyes on the cross.
“The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them” ― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island
When we go out and encourage someone today, let’s encourage their True Being. In doing so, we find the opportunity to really see people for more than their exterior selves. It’s an opportunity to explore people you think you know but maybe have never gone deeper than their outer appearance or employment. It could end up being another tether that binds you together in true agape love. It is a giving and receiving of love in its pure form. Just people loving people and finding another connection in the dance of life.