A Yeah Day
Wendy Pope

“If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging….” Romans 12:8 (NLB)

I was having a day, a day when I found myself slipping back into the pit of destructive thinking patterns. I knew what was happening and I almost enjoyed the anticipation of a pity party. It sounds crazy I know, but if we are honest with ourselves, there are times when the pit is a comfortable place to be. We are familiar with the surroundings. We know what to expect. We know what not to expect. And frankly speaking, it is easier to invite support in the pit than it is to get out. Can anyone agree?

After trying, unsuccessfully, to get someone to join my pity party, I decided to check my email. I read and responded to many emails. In one email, I shared some good news with a friend about a situation I had been praying about. Her response came back as I was sitting at the computer. The response was simply, "YEAH!!" In email world, a word typed in all caps followed by exclamation marks, indicates that the sender is shouting or at very least talking loud. The word popped out at me. I thought wow, I needed that. I responded with a thank you. Her return response said, "That's what friends are for."

Isn't it wonderful that Jesus reveals His love for us through others? He invites us to be a part of His plan to encourage and help His children. I call people who do this, "Jesus with skin."

In our world today it has become far too easy to become self-absorbed. Our lives move so fast that we can't see the needs others have, much less take the time to lend a word of encouragement. Encouraging others does not have a monetary cost. My friend did not have to spend a dime to make me feel encouraged. What she did took very little time out of her busy day. God took her words to help me change my focus and redirect my thoughts.

Today or perhaps tomorrow someone might need some encouragement. It will only take a few minutes of your time. God will invite you to help Him encourage one of His own. From one who received a gift of encouragement, accept His invitation.

Dear Lord, You are at work all the time. Help me to see You at work. Invite me to participate. I want to say yes to You and make a difference in someone's life today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Do you know Him?

Traveling Together: Thoughts on Women, Friendship and the Journey of Faith by Karla Worley

i am not but i know I AM by Louie Giglio

Application Steps:
In your prayer time ask God to show you someone who needs encouragement. Tell Him you will say “Yes!” Share your experience of saying yes to God with someone.

Do I hear and understand what God is saying to me?

Do I spend time trying to learn how to understand and hear God?

What keeps me so busy that I can't take time to encourage others with a note or call?

Power Verses:
Proverbs 12:25, "An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up." (NIV)

1 Thessalonians 5:11, "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." (NIV)

Galatians 5:22, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness." (NIV)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank-you for your encouragement. On that same note, I think as Christians, when we feel discouraged or need encouragement, sometimes we need to put ourselves "in the path" of those who would encourage us. (Don't hide in your room at home- there are only dust balls under the bed)

I believe I have the gift of encouragement- one of the blessings this provides is that encouraging others encourages me.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

what if we are too weary to come out from hiding? i have been an encourager for many years...but am now in great need of encouragement and find there are no encouragers around...then i get down on myself and beat myself up for probably not doing/saying the right things...

it appears as though unless i am their encourager and listen to their problems, they are not my friend...

signed: lonely

Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the last anonymous I say... encouragers do get drained when they give out and do not get filled back up. Your love language may be words of encouragement and your love tank is getting dry.

But just go to the word and see what Jesus is saying about you...How about Song of Solomon 2:8-14 or Ro.8:31-39 or Ps.139:14-18 and Heb.13:5.

And here's an anoymous sister in Christ that is saying... you're doing great! You are precious and don't ever believe anything else. Keep going Girlfriend!

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