One of the lessons I’ve learned in life is that when you’re lacking something spiritual you probably need to be giving it out.
I feel this palpable lack of encouragement lately which unfortunately begins to lay waste to much of my outside life. I can feel and see when it’s happening because I get a little more cranky and a little less forgiving and a little more busy and a little less “stop and smell the flowers”.
Thankfully I am also at a point in my life where I can see this is happening and WHY it is happening, therefore I am also enabled to stop it in its tracks. I know that for me, one of the gifts God has given me is the gift of exhortation/encouragement. I love to encourage people in their God-given dreams and goals and just in everyday life. Frankly, it’s much like many of the “spiritual gifts”, we all have a level of them and know it’s something we should all do, but sometimes we just don’t.
Here is the jump I have to make. In order to feel the blessings that already surround me I literally have to take down my box of cards and stamps and pens and stickers and all the “pretty embellishments” (if you don’t live in the south, you may not understand the vital importance of embellishing things). I have to pray to God to speak to me about who to send a card to and what to say and then I have to write it out and send it. Out of this simple act of obedience and desire, I begin to ‘perk up’. I suppose it may sound silly to some people but honestly for me, this is how it works.
I don’t know if it’s the particular scripture God leads me to, or if it’s just the act of writing the words or what…but as I sit there writing to these women, God has appointed, I begin to feel so good about where I am and what God has done for me lately!
Tonight I will take down my box of cards, pens, stamps and embellishments and I will pray and write and send out these cards.
Today I will remember:
“I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding, and have the knowledge of God's mystery--Christ. In Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.” Colossians 2:2-3