Today, I offer a thought that could easily get lost in the dust storm of anger and anxiety that comes at us every day: Our society’s encouragers could use some encouragement themselves, and you and I could be just the ones to do that!
I regularly write letters to a variety of political and societal leaders, usually critical in a nice way. It occurs to me, though, that positive letters—we’ll call this “encouragement” for now—could garner more attention than my earnest corrections or suggestions. That’s why I’m inviting you to join me in this rewarding task.
A few pointers….
We start by thinking about someone who could really use our affirmation—leaders who get mostly negative communications. Not just national or local politicians, either. Other cultural encouragers might be: law enforcement officers/ peace keepers, business owners, staff at care-giving agencies, newspaper/magazine columnists, entertainers, newly minted heroes, protest leaders, authors, TV reporters, film producers, healthcare workers, postal service employees or educators.
Google-searching the person’s name or organization gives us contact information. In addition to e-mailing or texting them, it makes good sense also to use street or Post Office Box addresses. Maybe not social media, because those forums seem to carry especially negative connotations.
It’s important for us to reach beyond generic comments, reacting to specific actions or positions these individuals have taken. In addition to thanks, we can include words of agreement, appreciation or solidarity. We might keep a copy of whatever we send, as a positive keepsake we can read back through months or years from now.
We have been blessed by all the encouragers who surround us. By sending our written support and praise, we can strengthen these leaders in their vocations. In their work that God will surely bless!
Consider yourself encouraged!
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