Looking for creative ways to inject a deeper sense of gratitude in your own life, or to develop your encouragement skills? Consider the following:
Each year I celebrate All Saint's Day by writing a letter to one of the "saints" in my life, telling that person how he or she has helped me to be the person of faith that I am.
One year I was mentally preparing my letter for a former professor when I learned of his death. He had been such a strong influence in my life and in my calling … that I wrote the letter to his wife, telling her about the impact her husband had on my young life.
Another year I wrote my sixth grade public school teacher. I did not directly learn about faith from him, but his encouragement, support and love showed each day as I emerged from being a shy adolescent. His creative activities in the classroom helped me on the path to my future career.
Hubbard says, "The letters are written in thankful appreciation to God for the people who have been a part of my journey."
"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing (1 Thessalonians 5:11).