Updated: Jul 24, 2019

Wednesday's Word of Encouragement


in·dem·ni·ty | \ in-ˈdem-nə-tē \

1a: security against hurt, loss, or damage

b: exemption from incurred penalties or liabilities

Terms of Agreement - these forms or should I say mini novels pop up regularly in our lives. I have learned that I am one of the few people that I know who actually reads these “term papers” before checking the little square box which accompanies them. It regularly amazes me that an agreement to risk your life on an outdoor adventure is less wordy than an agreement to an online video game app. Either way it seems that we cannot get away from these square boxes or the terms which precede them.

In all cases, that I have come across, these Terms of Agreement contain an indemnity clause. I have discovered that these lengthy indemnification paragraphs boil down to one basic concept - security from getting hurt. The first party wants the second party to agree to never hurt them - giving them indemnity.

As I was thinking about this kind of agreement it occurred to me that often people want an “Encouragement Indemnity Clause” . Many times people hold back encouraging others simply because they are afraid to be vulnerable. We might think - “What if I put time, energy, and or money into encouraging someone and nothing comes from it; or worse, it comes back to hurt me?” But what if the opposite were to happen? What if when we encouraged someone we were blessed? Yes, we might get hurt, but encouragement does not begin with the receiver; encouragement always begins with the one who gives. Therefore no matter what - the outcome maybe one of rejection, but the income of encouragement will always remain with the first party.

When it comes to encouragement we must make a choice: We can carry around a Terms of Agreement policy hoping that people will check the box to make us feel secure before we commit to encourage them; or we can choose to bENCOURAGEd - be Inspired, be Productive, be Fulfilled. The box is ours to check.


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