We were never promised life would be easy. It is an emotional rollercoaster ride, filled with joy, disappointment, expectation, manipulation, desire, and deception. At times, we’re strong, hanging on and enjoying the ride, searching for that moment of anticipation, filled with hope as we seek our next adrenaline rush. Then other times, we’re drowning in the swirling waves and tides of our impairing emotions. We’re simply existing, floating on our unrealized hopes and dreams that have not manifested themselves. We yearn and pray for a life buoy to come rescue us, failing to realize it’s been there all along. Just stretch your hand out to grab hold. If you’ve ever experienced this tidal wave of conflicting emotions in life, you know it’s either sink or swim.
I believe these times in our lives are given to us to shape our character, enhance our fortitude, and mold our behavior more into Christ-like behavior. Perhaps an even greater reason for the ups and downs in life is for us to encourage someone else on that road. We all have a testimony to share that will bring hope and encouragement to someone else. Sharing that testimony or extending a helping hand is similar to being that light in a darkened room. We’re called to let our light shine before men, that they may see our good works here on Earth, and glorify our Heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16).
When you see a sister or brother down because of health and spiritual, financial, or relationship issues, it is your reasonable service as a Christian to help. Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship.” We often look at it as keeping our physical bodies pure and our spiritual temples righteous. To me, this Scripture says so much more.
We are the hands and feet of the Body of Christ. We are called to do His work here on Earth; and as such, going forth to encourage others is offering our lives, our bodies, and the Body of Christ as the sacrifice He requires. When we share a word of hope, our testimony, or prayer, we are in essence sacrificing an intangible gift (time or talent), which pleases Christ. This worship is rewarding for others and ourselves, fulfilling His requirements, and gratifying the Spirit.
I personally find it rewarding to bless someone else with a word of prayer or encouragement. While I often don’t always have what I believe are the right words to say, I ask Him to speak through me. I pray that He would give me the words to say to that person’s situation. Regardless of the mountain they face, I encourage people to understand this particular life storm is just for a season. We don’t always understand why things are happening in our lives, but we can take comfort in knowing He has something greater in store. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
In this current life, we experience our share of heartache and trial. Yet, all of this is just for a season. There will come a day when our physical and mental sorrows will be no more. And if we remain faithful, He will erase it all in the end, allowing us to live jubilant lives.“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).
Some will say, “You don’t know my heartache. You don’t understand how hard I fight to do right, and it seems that the cards are stacked against me.” Encourage them not to give up in giving their best and working hard now. Although it may not feel like it at times, there is a greater purpose to it all. While we may not always gain understanding in this life, we will soon be rewarded when He says: “…‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord” (Matthew 25:21).
Regardless of the issues you face, or the obstacles someone you desire to encourage faces, let them know there is a greater plan and purpose in store. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).
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