Become an
Encouragement Activist

What is an Encouragement Activist?

practice self-care

live into their strengths

practice being present

listens

 knows the power of words

treats money with respect

volunteers

holds to authentic faith.

My name is Brian.  I have a passion to encourage people with the end result of life change in people.  The nonprofit that I founded in 2018 has a mission statement that is “encouraging people by purposefully entering their story.”

Below I have listed the traits of what I feel would allow you to be an encouragement activist for life change around you.  It is what I have seen over 25 years of living for others.

In a world that sees a person of faith for what they are often against, I have a passion to enter story and be known for what I am for and challenge others to do the same.  

Practices
SELF-CARE.

Self-care is what can keep you healthy emotionally, physically, and spiritually for a lifetime.  You can’t give out what you don’t have.

Lives into their personal natural wiring and STRENGTHS.

They know who they are and their best gifts to the world.  Take the Enneagram or Strengthfinder test and live into your natural wiring of encouragement and serving others.

Is PRESENT in the lives of those around you.

Who is right in front of you?  Family. Neighbors. Work. Telemarketers.  Store Clerk. Look at the people that you are with, in the present, and see them as people.  Care about them as much as you care about yourself

Starts by LISTENING.

An EA knows that actions speak louder than words.  This starts by being a good listener. What are the real needs in your family, friends, community, and world?  It is often not what you think it is. Eye contact. Authentic care. Good questions. Listening and authentic care without an agenda is a lost art.

Knows the power of the WRITTEN and SPOKEN WORD.

 A handwritten note is a powerful form of living out encouragement.  If you write a short text, leave a voice message, call a friend, or use any form of words or spoken word to encourage others, then this is a powerful part of being an EA. – Molly McCrackin

Treats MONEY with respect.

An Encouragement Activist gives, saves, and lives on the rest.  Life is short and true happiness is found in giving. They live generously and with open hands, not clenched fists that hoard all that they have.

Finds a place to VOLUNTEER their time.

This can look different for everyone.  Again, live into your strengths and volunteer where your heart and gifts connect.  It is cooking, childcare, finance, homelessness, advocating for children, addiction recovery?  There are so many places to give your time and attention through volunteering.

Have authentic faith and live out those values.

Others will see you.  People can find information anywhere now!  They need people they can see and know personally.

The worldview that I am coming from is that of a follower of Jesus. Personally, “I live by faith and not by sight.” Yet, it is not blind faith. It is an authentic, gritty, messy faith that holds to a few significant banner issues of who Jesus claimed to be, why he died, and how to live now with hope for eternity. I believe there is historical validity to the writings of the Bible and Jesus himself. I can say with confidence that I could be wrong and another worldview could be more “right.” Faith is just that...faith! Yet for me, I live with an authentic sense of “to whom else do I go to” and live a life of following Jesus’ main two commandments of “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. Love your neighbor as yourself.” This is where I have seen the greatest impact of life change in others...by living out these values and loving authentically and vulnerably. ​
Brian Clark
Encouragement Activist

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Let me know what you think.  What am I missing? How can I communicate this better?  How can we help get others more involved?