The ministry of encouragement should go out to everyone you encounter, even if it’s only for a minute. Ask your heart, “What can I give this person? A word of encouragement? A listening ear? A comforting touch?” (And, of course, that’s with a big smile and a hearty hello!)
For instance, I was attending a Christian women’s event in a hotel. As I entered the ladies’ room, an attendant was cleaning the restroom. First the smile…then the greeting…and then I said, “Thank you for all you do to make this place so nice. It looks fabulous!”
Yes, she was a stranger. And no, I’ll probably never see her again in my life. But that shouldn’t stop you and me from the sweet, uplifting ministry of encouraging others. Who knows what’s going on in another person’s life? Who knows the sadness, the hardships, the drudgery, the pain, the emptiness that may be there? And who knows…perhaps God is using you to give someone the only kind word they will receive in a 24-hour day.