I receive a text from a friend saying she’s thinking of me, praying for me & hopes all is going well. I get a beautiful card in the mail encouraging me & appreciating my friendship. I listen to a message on Voxer from a friend who’s rejoicing in our answered prayers & offering a special prayer up for me.
Each of these scenarios have one thing in common: someone took the time to show love & encouragement. In our oh-so-busy lives, time is very limited, yet we all still long to be part of a community, a family, a greater purpose; all of which takes time. Yet if we don’t MAKE the time, we never TAKE the time for others or for ourselves. How much life will we let slip through our hands in the name of, “not having time”? How many regrets will we hold for the time we can’t get back; the memories we missed with those we love?
Being on the receiving end of love & encouragement over the years, has been instrumental in getting me through some of the most difficult & painful times in my life. There were times I wasn’t ready to talk about it, but receiving a reminder that someone cared meant the world to me. There were times where advice & words of wisdom were needed & given, while there were other times that silence was golden & the prayers spoken in the distance were the glue that held me together.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
just as in fact you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Encouragement, regardless of the form, is necessary, in all of our lives. Whether we’re having a good day or a bad day, knowing that our trusted circle of family & friends are surrounding us with love, encouragement & prayers, is vital to our emotional, spiritual & physical health.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”
We need each other. Contrary to what the speed of the world around us may speak, we were made to encourage one another & walk this journey together.
So next time you have just a few minutes to spare, send a quick text or an email, leave a Voxer message, write a card, or send a little “thinking of you” gift. The time you spend to show love & encouragement isn’t limited to the minutes on a clock. The love & encouragement you show someone today may be the very thing God uses to speak life, healing, courage or hope to someone in need.
Take the time…