As I was walking the dogs tonight, I saw something you do not see every day. It was the first time I saw this in my neighborhood. There was a hayride going down my road. It was bizarre. I never saw something like that in my area. But one group road by, and then another passed by thereafter. It was adorable seeing the kids waving.
The kids on the hayride were waving at the dogs. The dogs could care less. I told Max to look at the kids; however, he was busy doing his own thing. Marci was looking in an all-together different direction. The kids kept waving and waving, and only I was excited. Only I waved back.
So often in life, we get excited and we wave to others for attention. As we do, our waves are not returned. It is because we are waving at those who aren’t interested or do not care. We waste our “waves” on those who couldn’t be bothered. Even so, we have a God we could wave at any time and He would pay attention. He already is watching. Why do we wave when we need help, when we have a prayer request, when we are hurting, but we do not wave when we are having a good time? We share our troubles, but we don’t share during the blessed days.
Who are you waving at today? Are you trying to get attention from someone who doesn’t pay you any mind? Why not fix your eyes on your Creator? Did you know He’s your number one fan? He’s reaching for you. Reach back.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” – Jeremiah 31:3b [NIV]
My daughter’s run today was different than all the others. She placed better than ever before and she had her fastest time to date. It was such a great moment to watch the outcome of all of her hard work. But I noticed something else different. There were lots of loud cheers coming from the sidelines. She had an entire cheering squad.
People need encouragement. People need to hear kind and supportive words. What was Moses supposed to do with Joshua? Encourage him (Deuteronomy 1:38). What did Barnabas do to Paul by taking a chance on him? Encourage and support him (Acts 9:27). Paul wrote, “Encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV). Paul sends Tychicus to the church in Colossae to “encourage (their) hearts” (4:8 NIV). In Hebrews 3 we read of this importance – to “encourage one another daily” (v.13 NIV). In 2 Timothy 4:2, it states: “encourage your people with great teaching” (NLT).
Encouragement matters. Today I encourage you to encourage others. Make a point to encourage someone. Do you see someone doing something awesome? Tell them you have taken notice. Compliment them. Give them a word of encouragement. Do you know someone who is struggling and could use some kind words? Take the time and share them. You never know how much a little encouragement can do in a person’s life. Plant those seeds of encouragement.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – Ephesians 4:29 [NIV]