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Your day will be more productive if you’ll make the decision to specifically encourage your family members and co-workers.

And if you think of ways to affirm the volunteer efforts of several members of your congregation — whether by text message, email or phone call — your day just might be a motivational home run.

We all love to hear encouragement since we already hear enough complaining each day. Words that build up are like fresh air from an opened window in the midst of a smelly, dark room.

There’s no question we’ll be more productive through a pat on the back than through a slap in the face or worse, a knife in the back.

If you sometimes catch yourself trying to intimidate or guilt others into doing what you want, then I strongly encourage you to pray for wisdom and to closely study how Jesus motivated His disciples.

Did He talk to them the way you talk to others when they’re not doing what you want?

We all have room for improvement in this regard.

Here’s a great word of encouragement from the Bible that can help us to be the motivators that God desires and our circles of influence need:

“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:24)

Let’s start thinking. Let’s start role-modeling the love and good works that we want to see in others’ lives.

It’s the best way to help others to do the best they can.

As always, I love you

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