Jump Start: Encouragement and Thanksgiving


In this sermon by Paul Washer, he mentions how encouragement is like jump starting the soul:

“How it is such a blessing to me when someone comes up to me and encourages me. I mean, and says, ‘Man, you’re doing well. You’re really progressing.’ How it just jump starts me.”

So, my first thought was that our souls are all batteries. Hooked up to our souls are solar panels, in which, Jesus, the Son, charges our soul-batteries so that we may do His work. Let’s face it. We’ve all felt like a dead battery at some point, at which time, we need to be recharged. Luckily, we have the best soul-battery Charger ever! 😀

Sometimes, when we are so low on energy that we can barely start our cars (or, I suppose, so low emotionally that we can barely function), a bit of encouragement gives us an extra “jump start” to our souls like a dead // overused // exhausted car battery, and we can start again. It’s Biblical that we are to encourage each other (maybe not the battery part though since they weren’t invented yet XD ).

First Thessalonians 5:11: Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. (ESV)

I think this can also be applied to thanksgiving. Letting people know that we are thankful and appreciate them and what they do always puts a smile on their faces and encourages them, especially during the frustrating holiday season when it seems that our batteries need that extra boost the most.

And don’t forget to be thankful to God for everything He has done for us! All good things come from Him. (James 1:17) If it weren’t for Him, we would not be able to even breathe. There is a song I really like called “Give Thanks” that is truly beautiful, and captures perfectly the spirit of Thanksgiving. “Give thanks, with a grateful heart; give thanks, to the Holy One; give thanks, because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son…”

Second Corinthians 4:15: For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. (KJV)

I’d like to take this moment to thank all of you who have stopped by, viewed, liked, commented or followed me. In the last two months, Following Him Beside Still Waters has reached three milestones: viewed 1500+ times,  liked 500+ times and followed 100+ times. Y’all are amazing. 🙂 The encouragement means a lot, and I’m thankful for each and every one of you. Keep following our soul-battery Charger and have a great Thanksgiving week! (And even if you are not in the United States, have a great week full of Thanksgiving anyway; there’s plenty to be thankful for! 🙂 ) Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto our God forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 7:12)


3 thoughts on “Jump Start: Encouragement and Thanksgiving

  1. I love this post! It’s such a wonderful reminder to me of how important it is to express your thanks and encouragement to others. Four Pillars is also a great sermon. Very convicting, but very helpful!
    You’re a huge blessing to me. I love reading your posts as they point me straight to Jesus. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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