New International Version (©2011) 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

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Part One – Encourage

Often we hear motivational speakers empowering self esteem through positive self reflective attitude. Telling yourself over and over again how smart, confident, thin, beautiful etc we are. And in telling yourself this multiple times a day you will in fact eventually believe it.

However when it comes from someone else we tend to listen and take on board the encouragement and notice that they have taken an interest in us. I think this is an important reason why we have been placed in a world full with people.
Encouragement between people comes on two separate spectrums.  You could be a great encourager, having a positive spin and giving people the acknowledgement they deserve that you are not aware of.
The other is  encouraging people ongoing-ly. This comes with being less self absorbed and more self aware. Noticing people and being some what intuitive to others lives. We all suffer with certain issues in our lives that if someone  would just say a few positive words to you for a while, it would really make a difference. Going through a tough business situation, making difficult life decision, getting through the tough losses in life or going through a traumatic life altering situation. Wouldn’t it be nice that someone asks how your getting on, show and give you some positive influence and remembered that problems  and issues don’t just fade away from one week to the next, it’s a shift we have to make that takes time. That small compliment or question, or note for concern that you could bring to someone’s day can change their life one step at a time.
So instead of knowing one week that a friend of yours is suffering and the next week they seem fine, remember that we aren’t always as they seem
and that the smallest spark of encouragement can bring the confidence and up liftment to their lives.  A lot of the time we are unaware of the impact we make in people’s lives and because we don’t know we tend to practice this less.
Hebrews 13:2 – “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing, some have unwittingly entertained angels.”
If you were to ask every person you spent time with what they knew about you and what was happening in you life, and alternatively how much you knew about them, and how much could you tell them about how they were doing!
Relationships - “The way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.”
Are any of your relationships one-sided?
As  I said be less self absorbed and more self conscious of others.
So even those small things that cross your mind when you see them or thoughts through the week that builds encouragement and confidence in who and how special they are in Christ. This is a practical process we need to start implementing in our lives.

 

This girl is amazing! Loved the movie it is very inspiring and really helps you recognize that God has a bigger plan for your life and it’s all about perspective.

 

About

Biography

Bethany Hamilton has become a source of inspiration to millions through her story of faith, determination, and hope. Born into a family of surfers on February 8, 1990, on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, Bethany began surfing at a young age. At the age of eight, Bethany entered her first surf competition, the Rell Sun Menehune event on Oahu, where she won both the short and long board divisions. This sparked a love for surf competition within her spirit.

At the age of thirteen, on October 31, 2003, Bethany was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore. The attack left Bethany with a severed left arm. After losing over 60% of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Bethany was on her way to recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude. Lifeguards and doctors believe her strong water sense and faith in God helped get her through the traumatic ordeal.

Miraculously, just one month after the attack, Bethany returned to the water to continue pursuing her goal to become a professional surfer. In January of 2004, Bethany made her return to surf competition; placing 5th in the Open Women’s division of that contest. With no intention of stopping, Bethany continued to enter and excel in competition. Just over a year after the attack she took 1st place in the Explorer Women’s division of the 2005 NSSA National Championships – winning her first National Title.

In 2007, Bethany realized her dream and turned pro. Bethany has since participated in numerous ASP and World Tour Events with her major highlight being a second place finish in the ASP 2009 World Junior Championships. (See Career Highlights and Surf Related News for more results)

Since losing her arm, Bethany’s story has been told in hundreds of media outlets and she has been recognized with numerous awards, public appearances, and various speaking engagements. (See Awards & Appearances)

In October 2004, Bethany shared her life story in her autobiography entitled Soul Surfer. Seven years later, the book was made into a major motion picture bearing the same title which released theatrically in April, and for home entertainment in August, 2011. Other books Bethany has written include “Devotions for the Soul Surfer,” “Rise Above,” A “Soul Surfer” Bible, “Ask Bethany,” and “Clash,” “Burned,” “Storm,” and “Crunch.” (See Books for publishing information) Further, Bethany was the inspiration behind Becky Baumgartner’s 2007 documentary entitledHeart of a Soul Surfer.

From a young age, Bethany’s parents instilled their faith in Jesus Christ; and at age 5, she made the decision to have a personal relationship with Him. Bethany’s foundation of faith has been her backbone; her source of truth, hope, and strength.

Out of the water, Bethany has grown from a young teenage girl with aspirations of becoming a professional surfer into a twenty-year old professional surfer with aspirations of becoming a beacon of inspiration and hope. Through the platform of professional sport, Bethany has been able to touch a large number of people with her message, charitable efforts, and overall spirit. Bethany just launched her own foundation,Friends of Bethany, which supports shark attack survivors, traumatic amputees, and serves to inspire others through her life story, and is involved in numerous other charitable efforts. (See Give Back for more charitable partnerships)

Bethany’s story is continually growing as she strives to be the best at whatever God calls her to do. The future is truly wide open for this young soul surfer!

Here is a scene from the film about perspective

 

Watch the trailer of the movie below –

 

Inspirations: Derek Rabelo

How a blind Brazilian surfer conquered Pipeline

As seen in the May 2013 issue of TransWorld SURF magazine. Subscribe now and get a free gift!

Derek Rabelo isn’t your average surfer. In fact, he’s as far from that as one may be. Derek was born with congenital glaucoma—in plain English, without sight. But that didn’t stop the 20-year-old Brazilian from learning to surf when he was just three years old. “I swim, surf, ride skateboards and bikes,” says Rabelo. “With God, everything is possible.” Understandably, religion plays a big role in his life. In fact, the church helped take him to Hawaii last winter, where the surf community took Rabelo under its wing. After a video was released with Makua Rothman taking the Brazilian surfing at a small day in Pipeline, his fame spread across the globe. It shows him duckdiving incoming whitewash with perfect timing, as well as paddling into waves all by himself. “I can see the same things as others, except in different ways,” he explains.

Rabelo returned to the North Shore this winter to gather footage for his upcoming documentary, Beyond Sight—its teaser even showing big-wave surfer Carlos Burle towing him into well-overhead waves at a Brazilian beachbreak. Relying on four out of five senses, if Derek’s example doesn’t put trivial complaints like high tides or sideshore winds into perspective, not a lot of other stories will.