Today is the final post of 31 days of encouragement.
31 days doesn’t seem very long…today.
On day 9, it seemed a lifetime away.
Last night, Carl drove Courtney back to campus
after a visit, I found Caleb at the dining room table.
He had his school lunch menu calendar and a calculator.
He was figuring out how many days before Thanksgiving break.
How long would Courtney be home for Christmas.
It was at once adorable and heartbreaking.
Adorable as I reflected on the hugs hello and goodbye that
he gave her that just had no endpoint.
They were of a clinging variety…in the best possible way.
It was heartbreaking because I don’t want him or any of us
to put living on hold because we are just waiting.
God doesn’t call us to a “grin and bear it” life.
He calls us to an abundant overflowing one.
It is easy to try to look out over the horizon and believe
that whatever is just out of sight must be easier than
what resides in today.
There is that gnawing ache for what we don’t have or
long to possess.
A month from now all will be fixed.
A year from now, this pain will end.
What if the other side isn’t different or
6 years ago, I stood behind a pulpit and declared
that it had been the hardest year of our lives.
Yet the unthinkable happened, as quickly as I
had ascended and descended those stairs,
life got even harder.
I had looked out to an envisioned point that was called
better and was blindsided when I couldn’t conjure up its appearance.
I didn’t allow myself to live in the middle ground.
I clung to perceived ease of the past and the prospect of a neatly
paved road in the future.
In the midst of shambles, God didn’t change.
God came near.
Loved ones stayed.
Loved ones comforted.
Loved ones encouraged.
In this cycle of life, we are always in need of
encouragement or we know one who needs to
My prayer for this past 31 days has been that God
would give you new eyes to see those that hover in
and around your lives who need encouragement.
It can be so simple but it can ministry immensely.
I also prayed that if you were in need of encouragement,
that you would go to the Source first.
Let Him comfort.
Let His Word sustain you.
Also let yourself be known and loved.
Seek and deepen friendships so you can share
this stretch of road together.
We desperately need each other.
Most of all,
Be honest before God.
Your friendships will grow.
Be willing to be vulnerable with others.
Your closeness will deepen.
Your bravery to connect with another person,
infuses them with courage to keep taking each
Be brave enough to offer the gifts He has graciously
given so they can be sown in the lives of others.
I guarantee when you encourage, you will be
encouraged as well.
It is the ultimate win-win situation.
Encouragement truly is a boomerang blessing.
Be brave and live fully in today.
Thank you so much for reading this past month.
I am honored by your presence.
How were you encouraged during these last 31 days?
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