Today starts the beginning of my 12 day vacation!!! We’re staycation-ing it here in Texas cuz 1) We’re lame and 2) I’m getting my wisdom teeth removed on Friday. Double lame.
This week’s verse is from 1 Thessalonians. For those of you who may not know, 1 Thessalonians is a letter written by Paul to the church in Thessalonica. Almost the entire book is written to encourage the church to continue living for God and to continue sharing His work and following His ways. These people, for the most part, were doing it right and there was praise to be had for that! If you read other letters from Paul, he isn’t so happy.
Here’s our #MVM for the week:
1 Thessalonians 5:11
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
Okay, so I have to admit, I’m actually realllyyyy good at encouraging people so this isn’t an issue for me. I hope you sense my sarcasm, because I’m actually horrible at it. I will support someone’s Kickstarter for turtlenecks for cats and will donate money to help send people on missions trips. I am not very encouraging in other ways, though.
When I read this verse, I was like, “yeah! Encourage everyone! Build everyone up! I like that!” but the more I think about it the more I realize that I’m not a great encourager (anymore?). I know there are times in my life that I have been encouraging to other people, but I feel like this season of life I am in has made me lose some of my extra “oomph” for people.
Why Don’t I Encourage Others?
I’m not sure where you are in your walk with God and I’m not sure where you stand with your encouraging heart. But, let’s look at some reasons why I don’t encourage others as much as I should:
- Lack of self-confidence
I know personally, I have a problem with jealousy- and it isn’t like “I GOTTA HAVE IT!” jealousy- it’s more like “why not me?” pity party/jealousy. For me, jealousy and comparison go hand in hand with why I don’t encourage others often. I ask God, “Why can’t I buy a house!?” or “Why can’t I finally buy my own car?!” when I see people my age and younger buying houses and having nice things. That’s just not where we are right now in our marriage and that’s okay. God is calling us to something different and that’s okay, too… it just takes a lot of patience and even more prayer to get myself out of the “why not now!?” mentality.
Breaking the Habit.
For work, I am a career nanny. I am a full-time (40 hours a week) caretaker of twin girls. While it is a very rewarding career, it can also be very isolating (more so in the south, I’ve noticed) at times. Because of this, we turn to Facebook to create groups and find support and nanny friends. I run a group of 5,000 from all over the world and DAILY I encounter women who cut each other down and hurt each other. I have learned to become more encouraging to fellow nannies out of necessity but I haven’t translated that into my day to day life. his week, I am going to make a point of finding 5 people or 5 instances where I can encourage someone and lift them up and I dare you to do it too!
This week, I am going to make a point of finding 5 people or 5 instances where I can encourage someone and lift them up and I dare you to do it too! I want to start making it a habit of lifting people up with my words, my actions or just my attitude (HELLERRR ROAD RAGE!). It’s only then that I can start changing people’s lives and show them the love of Christ!
Welp, let me know in the comments what you’re going to do this week to help encourage those around you!
CIAO! Give your hubs a smooch!