There is an old story about a preacher leaving a church. At his farewell dinner, he tried to encourage one of the pillar members, "Don't be so sad. The next preacher might be better than me." She replied, "That's what they said last time, but it keeps getting worse." (Source: John Ortberg, The Life You've Always Wanted, p. 159).
That was something encouraging to hear wasn't it?
Life can be very challenging most of the time. As we live our lives, we need a lot of help along the way. We need encouragement.