As ambassadors for Christ, consider how Jesus encouraged those around him. This can be an extremely powerful tool (ability?) for the Christian to use in interacting with other Christians and the unsaved.
Encouragement covers everything from giving a positive comment to someone, to spending quality time with people, to being constructive in helping someone. Encouragement often entails sacrificing of time, as when one opens their eyes to the needs of people around them, the awareness of people struggling through life can be a bit overwhelming. But again, we look to Jesus and the early church leaders, and how much they sacrificed to encourage. They traveled to various communities, wrote letters, spent time with people, and allowed God to shine through their lives - even, at times, to the point of death. Am I willing to sacrifice so much for Christ? Am I willing to nurture the gift of encouragement in my own life? Do I feel that I can spend quality time with people, or am I so self-centered that I'll choose to close myself off to the needs of people around me?
Welcome to the Christian Comic Arts Society (CCAS) Online Network!
Did you know that CCAS has monthly meetings in the Los Angeles area? Contact Eric Jansen for more info!
Also, members of CCAS have produced the APAzine ALPHA-OMEGA for over 25 years! We have about five openings right now! Contact Eric Jansen for more info! (This is a 30-member active-participation-only photocopied magazine for Christian writers and artists who submit a "trib" every other month for fun, fellowship, and critiques by other members. Between postage and your photocopying costs, you might pay anywhere from $5 to $25 per issue.)