“If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ…” [Philippians 2:1]
We live in a throwaway society where everything is continually changing. And in this fast paced ever-changing world it is easy to lose hope, to lose sight of the goal and the purpose for which we were born! How much more do we need to encourage and support those around us in this 21st Century?
Paul said. “No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down…” [1 Corinthians 10:13 The Message]
Knowing that we share a common humanness creates a humility and compassion in us to reach out to others. And somehow in supplying what others need our own needs are met. So what can we do to encourage others? Give sincere appreciation. Be open and interested in others, smile, it mysteriously carries the power to make others smile. Use the name of those you interact with; don’t grumble and complain, listen beyond the words, be truly interested in others. Whenever the Holy Spirit prompts you go the extra mile, do the unexpected task and simply encourage by a kind word.
A young mother was sick in bed when her nine-year-old daughter walked in from school. Thinking her mother was asleep. She quietly unfolded the blanket at the foot of the bed and gently tucked it around her mom. The mother stirred, and then whispered, “It wasn’t too long ago that I was tucking you in. And now you’re covering me.” The little girl, bending over her mother, replied, “We take turns.”
Further Reading: Philippians 2; 1 Corinthians 10; Psalm 21