Build up

Day 16

Build up, don’t tear down

Good afternoon!! If I am yet to hear from you throughout the fast, please feel free to check in and let me know how it’s going for you. I hope we are remembering our acts of kindness for this week. Today I want to focus on encouraging others. There is such power, healing, peace and love in encouragement. When we take the time out to pour into someone else, even if you are not doing well yourself, it truly is a gift to them. 1 Thess 5:11 reminds us. This allows us to be a part of the change we want to see. 

Something as simple as “smile”, “Jesus loves you”, “have a wonderful day”, “you are important” can uplift someone even in the smallest way. “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today”, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” (Heb 3:13). You see, we do not know how sin or life’s circumstances are changing people’s lives and hearts daily. One may be deceived in feeling they are worthless, not loved, not beautiful, not smart and the list goes on. Do not be fooled by the position someone is in for even our leaders or those who seem put together need encouragement as they may be falling short and feeling discouraged as well. It is not your job to know someone’s struggles in order to offer a word of encouragement. I know in some of my most challenging times it was those who chose to see past my composure yet still managed to share words like “you can do this”, “this too shall pass” or even “you are beautiful inside and out” have made the world of difference in who I am today. 

As we rely on the Lord to encourage us daily and keep us positive, begin to spread the genuine encouragement to others. Let’s build one other up - I challenge you today to encourage someone, or some people, especially those who do not expect it and watch the positivity expand. I appreciate EVERY SINGLE ONE of you who are reading this! Have a wonderful day!!!! :) - Monica B.

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