“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (NLT)
It can be hard to encourage others, to think of ways to motivate someone else, or to take the time to meet up with people in the midst of our very busy lives. Yet, once again God shows where His priorities are focused – not in money, prestige, a clean house, or worldly possessions, but in relationships and investment in other people.
Taking the time to think of ways to encourage others takes an effort. It means we have to turn away from ourselves and toward someone else, putting ourselves in their shoes and trying to think of how to support them best. It also means accepting that even our best efforts may not bear any fruit (or at least not any that we get to see). It isn’t always easy to be encouraging. Yet, that is what we’re being called to do.
Prayer: Dear Lord, sometimes I don’t feel like being encouraging, and sometimes when I try to encourage others I don’t feel like I’m accomplishing anything. Please help me to remember that you see the truth of my heart. You appreciate work done on your behalf when done with an open and loving heart. Please help me to stay open and loving, even on my difficult days. Thank you for loving me, Lord. Amen.