The opposite of being an encourager is being overly critical, dismissive, or disparaging. Recognizing our tendency to be overly critical is the first step in changing our attitude and behavior. Keith tells of sitting in a restaurant with his grown son. When the son was a teenager, he got into drugs and bad company, which created a lot of stress in the family and anxiety for his parents. Father and son were strong-willed, often at odds during those years. With support and hard work, the son worked through his problems.
- 1 Peter 1:3-9