2016-10-12 - Build Up
Have you ever had a day, week or extended period of time in your life that you often felt like you just might not be very good company? I know that most every time I feel that way, and then I spend time with people who are uplifting and encouraging, it lessens those feelings of dampening the spirits of others. Most often I just need to get out of my own way with those who don’t intend me harm, but always intend good for my mind and spirit. The same people who comfort me are free to let me know if they are concerned about something I am doing (or something being done to me) for two main reasons: 1) they know my heart, after spending time with me and talking to me, and 2) we are both coming from a place of pleasing God.
There is a big difference in how we can receive encouragement, praise or needed correction when we understand it comes from pleasing God as opposed to one’s self. Sometimes I do need time alone to regroup, yet while doing so, I also make time to remind myself something my Mom taught me: “no man is an island” - not for long, anyway. God is the only one able to sustain himself. We need to allow Him to help us when we feel dreary, and sometimes he gives us encouraging people to help shoulder the weight we often try to carry on our own for too long.
“… He died for us so that we can live with him forever, whether we are dead or alive at the time of his return. So encourage each other to build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11-12 TLB)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted