Admit it…we’ve all been hammered at some point in our lives. I’m not talking about being over-served with libations. Nope…I mean when you feel as though you’ve been pounded into a 2-by-4 with no chance of escape.
You’re discouraged. You’re weary. You’re disheartened. You want to pull your hair out in frustration! Life isn’t going your way! You’re on the precipice of falling into a chasm of self-pity. Get the picture? It’s not pretty.
The past few weeks have been that for me. Opportunities have been dashed, writing is excruciating, and enthusiasm diminished. I can’t seem to get out of my own way! I keep hearing that scene in the movie Moonstruck over & over in my head. You know the one where Cher slaps Nicolas Cage and says “snap out of it?”
It doesn’t work.
What to do when you’re stuck in that routine
Oddly enough, while sinking under the weight of wretchedness, I’ve found that reaching out to encourage others has had a positive effect.
So many people are hurting in today’s world. Some are lonely, some without jobs, some are hungry, some addicted, homeless, sick…and on and on and on. Many are without the hope of Jesus.
Here’s your chance. Take charge by lifting people up! Be an encourager! It takes so little to say something nice, to pat someone on the back, to smile as if you’re truly happy to see them, or to listen as if you care. The payoff is immeasurable not only for them but for you.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Build Each Other Up
My days were made brighter because of a recent email I received from a reader. She wrote how each blog post has touched her life and went on to describe how the words “hit home” in vivid detail. It was heavenly indeed and, most assuredly, heaven sent.
We all need encouragement from time to time and the gestures we extend to others are extremely valuable. Of course the greatest source of comfort, hope, and inspiration is our Lord God Himself. Spending time in prayer, time in His Word, and time being still in His presence will often bring that peace that passes all understanding.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” ~ 1 Peter 5:7
Be a blessing. Be an Encourager.