Something as simple as congratulations or to commend someone can go a long way. People often say you shouldn't congratulate others on something they are supposed to do. Well, I beg to differ. I think it is a way of motivating a person to continue to do tremendous and positive things. I believe it is an acknowledgment of their accomplishments and an attempt at doing something. I think trying to do something deserves congratulations. People tend to forget that it takes courage to attempt to do something that one has never done before or maybe afraid to do in the first place. We all, at some point, we tend to forget the trials, storms, and doubt that came throughout the process before crossing the finish line. Yes, it may have been something we were supposed to do, that doesn't mean we are not happy we completed the task. We all are supposed to be great Christians walk in love, complete kingdom work, and so on. Doing what we are supposed to do as a Christian it doesn't mean we do not seek God's nod of approval, a reward, or a bit of favor when we have completed something. It doesn't mean we aren't or are looking for a well done by the pastor or bishop. My point is it is ok to congratulate or commend people for the things they have done. This small gesture may be the motivation they need to keep going. You may not know that a person is thinking about giving up. So please take a look at some things you can do to congratulate/to commend others for that may seem simple or something they should be doing.
Being a good parent/Being a good child
Serving a year or more on a job, heck, six months on some jobs!
Applying for a job
Starting a business/Revamping a business
Being a good aunt, uncle, cousin, grandparent, and friend (some children do not know these relatives)
Being a good niece or nephew
Cleaning the room/Doing chores
Making the team/ trying out for the team
Being a good spouse/partner
Being a good communicator
Surviving a tragedy
Cleaning the church
Serving the community
Taking care of the home
Taking care of the elderly
Bringing others to their doctor's appointment
Taking care of their mental health
Taking the high road (this is very important)
Not giving up
Checking in on others
The little things mean so much! Let's get back to the basics of encouragement, motivation, love, congratulations, and commending.
(2 Samuel 8:10) 10 he sent his son Joram[e] to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold and of bronze.
(Luke 15:6) 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.
(Philippians 2:17) 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you
"Most things are free, and usually those things are priceless. Tearing someone down is easy. Let's lift others up." - Alston Shropshire