We all need to be encouraged and although, this is difficult for some to admit, the bottom line is, all of us enjoy applause: whether on the athletic field, the stage, at the job, or in our relationships. We all enjoy being praised. Our confidence is bolstered when a person of authority, or anyone we respect, supports us and is on our side. Getting that pat on the back, or that word of encouragement, makes us want to do even better. Did you know God commands us to encourage one another. Hebrews 3:13 says,“Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ‘Today,’ so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Undoubtedly, we live in a broken world where everything calls us toward selfishness and despair. Sin steals joy, our bodies break down, our plans falter, our dreams die, our resolves weaken, our perspective dims. We are promised suffering (1 Pet. 4:12), persecution (John 15:20; 2 Tim. 3:12), and trials of various kinds (James 1:2-3). This is why it’s incumbent upon us to encouraged each other because it conveys hope and it lifts people’s heart toward the Lord (Col. 4:8). It points out evidences of grace in another’s life to help them see that God is using them. It points a person to God’s promises that assures them that all they face is under his sovereign control. So today may the Lord create in us a culture of encouragement and give us the discipline and courage to encourage each other daily!