I Believe in You!
I Believe in You!
Facebook reminded me of a memory from four years ago the other day. It was a drawing from my, then 8-year-old, grandson. The caption I put with it indicated that I had had many technical challenges that day that were apparently overheard by my grandson. He drew a great little person and then wrote, “I belive (believe) in you mimi you can do it !!!!!!”
I found this in my notebook at the end of that day after my challenges were over. It brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. This sweet, precious boy had sensed my stress and took the time out of his very busy 8-year-old-life to encourage me.
It didn’t take long for him to do what he did, yet it meant the world to me. Doesn’t everyone like to hear, “I believe in you”? Especially at the end of a challenging day?
In this day and time of busyness and technology, we sometimes get so tied up in our schedule and lives that we miss opportunities to encourage and bless others. I believe that God puts opportunities to bless others in our path daily. I think we miss many of those opportunities because we don’t look for them. You must look for them and then you must make yourself available to deliver. There are many Scriptures that tell us we need to encourage others. Here are just a few:
- Galatians 6:2 – “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”
- Hebrews 13:16 – “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
- John 15:12-13 – “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
- Luke 6:38 – “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
- Matthew 5:42 – “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
- Philippians 2:4 – “… not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
- Matthew 25:35-40 – “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
How do we look for and see the opportunities?
- Ask God to reveal these opportunities to you.
- Keep your mind, heart, and eyes open – take the blinders off! Don’t put an Amen on your prayer and move on to the next thing on your list. This should be an open-ended prayer so that you are constantly listening for God and looking for these opportunities.
Availability not convenience!
- Many times, the opportunities arise when it’s not convenient in our schedule. When God gives you an opportunity, He already knows your schedule. He’s looking for your faithfulness.
- We prioritize our schedules based on our family, our job, and our hobbies. Priorities can change and do change when we find something different we want to do. Do you prioritize serving into your schedule?
Get started today
Changing a thought process is not easy. The best way to start is just to start. Ask God to show you and be ready to respond. It could be as small as complementing someone’s work, spending some time with family, or a quick text to tell someone you love them and are thinking about them. If you do one small thing each day, you have touched 365 lives in a year. Go forth and bless!
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