Updated: Jun 5, 2019
Tuesday's Tip to bENCOURAGEd...
Where did the word bENCOURAGEd come from?
Let me explain...
The suffix or prefix -en- often turns a noun into a verb; like in the case of awake into awaken. As a prefix it turns words like - enable, encase, and engrave from a noun into a verb. Both prefixes and suffix -en- often (to use one) change an idea or thing into an action.
My favorite version of this is when en- becomes transitive with the word courage. Transitive is just a fancy term used to describe when a word transfers action to something. In the case of the word encourage the transfer is a powerful force. The image of transferring courage to another person seems like something only a super hero could do. It invokes a scene from a movie where a strong man or woman wearing a spandex suit of many colors uses mind powers to beam courage into a wimpy bystander. Suddenly - POW - this person is transformed into a fighter full of might and courage.
Transferring courage to someone does not have to be so dramatic, but it is equally as powerful. We can transfer our courage through…
physical touch - like a hug or a high five
a wink or smile
Turning nouns into verbs and turning those actions transitive is powerful, but what if we go one more step? When the prefix be-is added it can be used in a causative manner. This is when a word comes into being - a statement - a call to action!
We can have courage
We can transfer courage
But what if we take it one step further and
bENCOURAGEd - have, transfer, become!
This courage becomes apart of who we are so we have an endless supply to enjoy and give away! How do we get there? Each day encouraging ourselves - which is why I write to you today and why I created all my resources. I want you to fill up on encouragement so that it takes you over and becomes who you are causing you to…
bENCOURAGd Today, so that you can encourage others!
When this happens we begin to fulfill the plans and dreams God puts into our hearts. This is why we must bENCOURAGEd Today!
“Be strong and of good courage…” ~Josh 1:6 NKJV
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