When they had read [the letter] they rejoiced because of its encouragement.
Acts 15:31, NASB
1 Corinthians 1:4-9
In 2014, the Greeting Card Association reported that Americans purchase approximately 6.5 billion greeting cards annually. Just think of the occasions where we buy cards—Valentines’ Day, Christmas, birthdays, weddings, graduations, special occasions—and sometimes just to encourage someone going through a difficult time.
Without a doubt, Paul was one of the most prolific letter writers in the New Testament, and one of his motivations behind his writing was his desire to encourage his friends. The early believers were members of churches scattered throughout the Roman Empire, and they were persecuted and isolated followers of Christ. They needed the encouragement that those letters (epistles) brought with them.
It is no different for people in our day. Whatever situation someone is going through—whether it is filled with sadness and loss or celebration and joy—a written word from someone who cares is an invaluable treasure. Today we have many options on how to write to someone—social networking, cards, letters, even tweets! Whatever media you choose to employ, take a moment to encourage someone today with your words. “Now we exhort you, brethren, … comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all” (1Thessalonians 5:14).
You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.