Building relationships is the first step in encouraging someone. This takes time. When Jesus was developing relationships with his disciples they broke bread with each other. This is one of the things we do. We eat with our brothers. Listen to their stories. Building trust and relationships, then we are able to speak to them from a position of trust as a friend because we have become their friend. Everyone says if you want to help someone on the street do you need to give them a job and a home. I never met a homeless man or woman that has never had a job or a home. Homelessness is not the problem. It is a symptom of the problem, whether abuse, neglect, drugs, and alcohol addiction, or sometimes just bad luck. Making lasting change in someone’s life starts in the heart and mind. They must find themselves worthy–worthy to be loved by God. We all need encouragement. Life is quick to beat you down. We all need someone to talk to. Rich people have therapists. Someone who will listen. Sometimes just telling your story can put you on the road to recovery. This is what we do. Talents and abilities does not equal success. It takes character. Faith. Following the principles of Jesus Christ will put you on the path of love, forgiveness, happiness, and salvation. No matter who you are or where you live or where you don’t live, God‘s principles will never let you down. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Our circumstances in life do not define who we are. But our thoughts do! This Scripture teaches us if we put God’s principles first, and seek his righteousness he is sure to guide our path! And He will help us make great decisions that ultimately will lead to our happiness and fulfillment.