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Encouragement Is Essential

Author: Chaplain, COL Scott McChrystal, USA (Ret.)

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And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  (Hebrews 10:24)

Military life is rewarding, but also stressful. Military members and their spouses need encouragement. The writer to the Hebrews knew the importance of encouragement as he wrote to Christians who frequently faced persecution. He says, “let us spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” To “spur” means to stimulate or motivate into action. How do we do this today? The best way to motivate others, especially your spouse, is to set the example in our own behavior.

For instance, if your wife has had a hard day, you could take charge of cleaning the kitchen that night. Or wives, if your hubby comes home after pulling an all-nighter in the field, you could encourage him to relax while you serve dinner and take care of the kids. Of course, there are many other examples. You may not realize how powerful your encouragement can be until your mate or someone else provides that special kindness for you when you’re tired or struggling.

Bottom line: encouragement is a powerful tool in marriage. Today, what can you do to encourage your mate?

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