I Propose A National Week Of Encouragement

I know, there’s already a National DAY of Encouragement. It was launched in the United States in 2007 and occurs each year on September 12.

The Encouragement Foundation at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas launched an all-out effort to get Americans to participate in this Day of Encouragement. The first proclamation for the Day of Encouragement was made by Mayor Belinda LaForce of Searcy, Arkansas on August 22, 2007. In September of that year the honorable Mike Beebe, the Governor of Arkansas, signed a proclamation making September 12, 2007 the “State Day of Encouragement” for Arkansas.

Later, President George W. Bush also signed a message making September 12 the official “National Day of Encouragement.” The Encouragement Foundation is making plans to get more states involved in the National Day of Encouragement.

My problem with this is that a day is not enough. It takes more time than a day to develop the habit of encouragement and it doesn’t come easy to some of us. We slow learners and responders need a longer period of time to get in the encouraging groove and stay there once we get there. That will take at least a week; therefore I am proposing a national week of encouragement.

I mean, after all we have national months and weeks that will just blow your mind. This is just a few of the ones for April alone.

National Oral Health Month (Sorry Melanie)
Jazz Appreciation Month
National Car Care Month
Facial Protection Month
Train Safety Month
National Window Safety Week, April 4-10
National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week, April 12-18
National Playground Safety Week, April 25-30

So how about a National Encouragement Week, or even a National Encouragement Month? That would even be better. What does a person need more than encouragement? What do you think? Are you game?

If so, how about casting your vote by beginning with the people closest to you? That would be your family, neighbors and co workers. Shock them by offering positive words of encouragement for something totally unexpected. Just drop the “E” word and see how they respond. Throw the “E” around every chance you can. Say things to them that will leave them wondering what has taken over your body. And let’s keep it up for at least a week. Then, if you and they can take the pressure of it all, continue it on for an entire month. Before you know it you might become a real encourager. I can’t think of many distinctions that are more needed.

Don’t give up until you cross the finish line

Even thought we will wrap up out New Testament Challenge message series this Sunday morning, and if you have been keeping up with your reading through the New Testament during the series, you should be close to completing the entire book. However it is very possible and likely that you have dropped behind some in your reading schedule. My word of encouragement to you is to not give up until you have crossed the finish line with the last verse in the book of Revelation. What an achievement that is.

It is vitally important to have read through the entire New Testament. I assume you believe all the New Testament. How can you believe something you have never read. There might be something in there about puff the magic dragon and you didn’t even know it. So, to say you believe it makes it crucial to have read it—all of it.

So whatever the price you have to pay, keep with it until you have covered it all and crossed the New Testament Challenge finish line. You can do it. There is a divine power within you helping and cheering you on.