I recently met a tremendously encouraging woman. Well, I haven’t actually “met” her. We’ve never talked or had coffee. I’m not even sure what state she lives in. Still, she is my encourager. She encourages me with a few simple words…
“Thank you for this.”
Or my favorite:
“Bless you, dear one.”
She simply lets me know that someone out in cyberspace is reading these words God puts in my heart. I didn’t think much of it, other than it was really nice, until her comments on my blog stopped. After a few days I realized that I missed her. A week or so passed and I realized I missed her a lot.
We are in the same circles on social media and we have a mutual friend, so I did a little poking around and discovered that she’s been sick…for a while…a long while…as in the whole time she’s been sending me words of encouragement.
Here’s a lady who is having a really hard time and she is so full of Christ’s love that it seems to spill out of her and splash all over the rest of us. Don’t you love people like that? Don’t they amaze you? Leave you scratching your head and wondering how they stay so positive? Make you wish you had whatever they have that keeps them from having a bad case of the grumbles?
I’ve noticed a few things about my encourager friend. She talks about Jesus and almost never talks about herself or her ailments. She is focused on Christ, on the hope of heaven, and on God’s presence in her life. She trusts God’s plan. She trusts His timing. She doesn’t worry so much about what she wants God to do for her, but rather focuses on who He is. She sings of her love for Him. She tells of His greatness, His love for her and her love for him.
She reminds me of a quote by AW Tozer:
As God is exalted to the right place in our lives, a thousand problems are solved all at once.
And wisdom from Proverbs:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)
Today, I am more thankful than ever for my encourager/friend. Turns out she was in the hospital for a little while. She is back at the keyboard now and as encouraging as ever, but even in her absence she encouraged me. Her absence made me realize that too often I am focused on everything but God. Her absence also made me realize that sharing the love of Christ doesn’t have to be difficult. A word of encouragement doesn’t have to be profound or poetic. I often make sharing Christ too complicated. Sometimes it just takes a few words of encouragement, and I let those opportunities slip by because I overthink it.
How about you?
Are you focused on things you need God to do or are you focused on WHO God is?
Are you focused on obstacles and troubles or are you focused on Jesus Christ, Savior, Redeemer, Restorer, Lover of your soul?
Are you missing opportunities to share the love of Christ and to be an encourager because you overthink it? Why not act on God’s nudges make a phone call, send a text or a note just to let someone know they are being thought of and prayed for?
Pray with me?
Thank you for sending people to encourage me and to share your love with me. I don’t always see it because I am so focused on everything else in my life. Forgive me for that. Help me to focus on You. Help me to trust you and to leave my troubles at the cross. Help me to trust your timing and your plan for my life. I love you Lord. Fill me with your love so that it splashes all over the people in my life. Let me know who in my life needs an encouraging word today and give me the courage to reach out to them.