As children we’re encouraged by our parents through accomplishments and failures, good and bad days, with tender words and loving actions. Our biggest ‘encouragers’ to all of life’s childhood dilemmas.
As teenage years dawn on us and influences and responsibilities come our way, we’re encouraged by our friends. Experiences seen and shared through the same lenses of our peers, an abundant awareness of what we’re going through.
And as adults, our confidants and loved ones are still by our side, but now we may also have found our God-given, in home (and heart) support system in a spouse. Someone truly and emotionally connected to our most intimate flaws, our deepest fears, and our heftiest imperfections.
But guess what, they love us anyway.
And somehow, no matter what, bumps, bruises, and scrapes along the way, self-inflicted or not, we continue to be picked up, dusted off and encouraged. Sent right back out into the world affectionately reassured. Confidently groomed. And ready.
But are we ready to rush out and give it away? All this reinforcement of joy and love we’ve received?
How do we feel in our own calling to encourage others? Does it depend on how we, ourselves are feeling? Do we really need to be bubbling over with it to make a difference in someone’s day? Or to just be ready at a moments notice?
What helps us to encourage one another is not a strength of our own, but one of the Holy Spirit.
“…and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.” Acts 9:31
We were all picked up and dusted off to sin when Christ laid down His life. God knew we would need a Savior the moment we were whispered to by another. That we would need that special someone, Christ Jesus, to pick us up and dust us off to our many mistakes, to intervene. Someone to reassure us in our daily walk, someone to say, ‘Follow me, I’ll take the bumps, bruises, and scrapes that are rightfully yours.’ ‘Because you’re mine.’
The ultimate encourager is Jesus Christ. He’s seen in our words and actions. Let’s spread Him, His message and His encouragement like wild-fire.
Let’s go Christians!
“But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life.” 1 Timothy 1:16
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