Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Always Encouraging Words

Life is hard. Heck, we’re all dealing with something or another. We all make mistakes and we certainly all feel down and blue at times.

Someone once told me ‘thank you’ for my “always encouraging words.” And it caused me to pause and think a little bit about why more people aren’t encouraging. And why exactly do I feel such a strong need to encourage?

I can’t answer the question as to why more people don’t choose to take the time and effort to build others up. I can only answer why I do it.

  1. Because of God’s love in my heart. His love motivates me to love others. His grace motivates me to give grace to others.

  1. I’ve been in the pit of hurt. I’ve felt deep pain. I’ve messed up royally. I’ve put my foot in my mouth. I’ve needed encouragement, hope, forgiveness. That’s why I offer it to others.

How can we not offer to others, what we ourselves seek and need so often? How can we deny other people the love, support, and encouragement they need when we know what it feels like to not get it?

You see, each one of us has been in a point in our lives where we’ve felt like we were all alone. We’ve wondered if anyone understood us or if anyone even cares! We’ve doubted ourselves and we’ve been hard on ourselves. (That’s Satan, by the way.) So each one of us should understand how vital it is to encourage each other.

People can be so critical. So judgmental. They can so easily forget what it feels like to make the wrong choice or decision. They can forget what it feels like to want a clean slate or to simply want to hear someone say, “hang in there. It’ll get better!” You don’t always have to endorse the action someone took to encourage them. Sometimes all it takes is a “I’m a good listener,” or “I’m praying for you – let me know how it goes.”

We are all each other has. The world will chew us up and spit us out, so it’s important for us to back each other up and build each other up in this battle of life.

If God is truly in our hearts: His overwhelming and overflowing love for us should spill out and onto those around us. Is it?

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