"And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
~ II Corinthians 12:9 ~
I have to say "thank you" to those of you who have sent encouraging words in response to the devotionals written. You truly have no idea how when God uses us to encourage, it is truly a necessity to be encouraged as well.
I am so thankful for your emails and your comments on my blog. I love it when my blogging and email friends receive a word and share with me what God has revealed in their own lives. It truly brings encouragement and there is a "Wow" factor involved! It's something that no one can glory in but ALMIGHTY GOD; to which His glory is only FITTING for HIM! For even the heavens cannot contain His Matchless Glory!
Today, is a reminder to me that even when I 'feel' I have nothing to give, if I am here another day on this earth for His glory, then even a "Hello" to a woman; a complete stranger walking across the parking lot at a mall or a store could bring encouragement.
I often wonder when we walk by another soul that God loves so much, do they battle the thoughts of, "See that person just walked by me and it was as though I didn't even exist."? I can't imagine battling such thoughts, but I know that God is truly wanting me to be more mindful of those He richly loves!
I am realizing, that just because good morals, ethics, and loving Jesus may be uncommon, does not mean it is meant to be abnormal. The uncommon should be the normal; when it comes to encouragement or enpowering others, especially as it glorifies Almighty God.
I am truly enthralled by such a thought...the one thing that is FREE to give can be the most uncomfortable. Encouragement is FREE. There have been very few times where I have encouraged someone that I didn't know, and I got a 'look' of confusion and even fear, as it seemed they thought I had an 'agenda'...haahaahaahaa!!! It really woke me up and at first I wanted to 'receive the offense' and say, "Well, I am definitely not doing that again." Haaahaaahaaa! However, more times than not, people are caught off guard with great joy and they can't help but smile. I remember someone did that to me as I was walking down an aisle in a store. I have to say, nothing but good came out of it, I was so blessed!
I am also reminded that discouragement is FREE to give out as well. However, the results are more damaging and in the end it only brings offense, bitterness, unforgiveness and grudges. It may be FREE at first; but the results are very costly.
I want to choose to be an encouragement. If I feel as though I have nothing to give; that is when God truly give us the grace as He receives the glory that is already His when I lean on Him to give out encouragement. In my weakness; His strength is made PERFECT!
I challenge myself and others; The ones that seem to have it altogether, encourage them; see what happens! :)