To help me with this goal, I wrote a list of encouraging actions that I could take. I will try to take every opportunity to encourage someone daily, but if no opportunity presents itself or if I am stuck about what to do to encourage someone, I will have the list to help me.
2016 Encourager CHALLENGE
Share your faith whenever possible.
Complement at least one co-worker per day.
Donate to a charity on a regular basis.
Clean out your closet twice a year and donate what you no longer wear.
Talk to someone waiting in line with you at least once per week.
Ask a stranger how his/her day is going at least once per week.
Remind your family how much you love them as often as you see them.
Make one new friend in 2016.
Get back in touch with one person you miss.
Bake cookies for your neighbors or co-workers.
Give someone a "just because" gift.
Buy coffee and be a listener for someone going through rough times.
Leave a nice tip for people who serve you.
At least once each year, help at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, on a Habitat for Humanity Crew, or with disaster relief.
Bring in your neighbor's trash cans.
Rake leaves or shovel snow for a neighbor.
Talk to your neighbors when you are out at the same time.
Invite a single person or a lonely older couple to dinner with the family.
Donate blood at least once a year.
Host a block party or find another way to get involved in your community.
Drive friendly every day. Allow people to merge into traffic or change lanes.
Buy a lunch or give a rescue bag to a homeless person.
Visit a nursing home or do a service project for an elderly person.
Put down your cell phone and give your full attention to your dinner companions every day.
Leave positive feedback about excellent service you receive.
Make a newcomer feel welcome whenever possible.
Return someone else's grocery cart as needed.
Every day, hold the door open for the person coming in behind you.
Hold the elevator when you see someone approaching.
Take a special interest in and encourage at least one child who is not in your immediate family.
Write at least one thank you note per week.
Write a birthday message on your friend's Facebook wall.
Send a get well card to friends and family who are sick.
Every day, intercede for others in prayer and let them know that you are supporting them in prayer.
Make someone smile every day.
Do an act of service in secret.
Smile every day. There is always someone who is going through a hard time.
Do a chore for someone so he/she can get away.
Write an encouraging note to a church staff member.
Thank a military person for his/her service.
Write a letter to a soldier, college student, or anyone far from home.
Post a Bible verse on Facebook and tell what it means to you.
Send a random text of encouragement when someone is on your mind.
Give your boss a sincere compliment.
Make a care package for the homeless and keep it in your car to give away.
Praise a child in front of his/her parents.
Like or comment on a friend's post as often as possible.
Call a grandparent or elderly relative just because.
Write an encouraging letter to a child. It is so special for a child to get mail.
Let someone in a hurry go ahead of you at the checkout counter.
Pack a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.
Use your talents to serve others.
Pay with whole dollars and save the change for a good cause.
Teach a skill to someone else.
Two or three times per year, participate in a canned food drive.
If you don't collect coupons, give them to someone who does.
Drive through a neighborhood as if your own child lived there and played outside.
Show your spirit by decorating your home's exterior for holidays.
Take a walk around the neighborhood and introduce yourself to the people you see.
Offer to pick up mail and newspapers for vacationing neighbors.
Take on at least one volunteer position at your church.
Become a prayer partner with a younger church member.
Pray for our country every day.
On Mother's Day, buy a dozen flowers and hand them out to the mothers you see.
Call your parents often, but certainly on Mother's Day, Father's Day, anniversary, birthdays, and holidays.
Donate inspirational books to your church library.
Declutter your home and donate all useable items to charity resale shops.
When you attend a memorial service, speak of a fond memory to surviving family members. You will not add to their grief, but instead you will be adding to their bank of sweet thoughts and memories.
Show up at a Little League game or a school concert to encourage a child in your neighborhood or church.
When you make a batch of anything that is too much for you to eat, share with a neighbor, coworker, etc.
Leave a pass along encouragement card with your tip. Cards are business card size and are available at your local Christian bookstore.