“Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.” ~John Maxwell
For sometime now we Colorado folks feel an extra dose of love. But all that ends today, Election Day. And praise the Lord and glory and amen because I can stop
fielding ignoring daily phone calls from both presidential campaigns. I overhear a few of their messages on my machine, and each camp does what we expect: Criticizes their opposing candidate while praising their own.
And as much as this annoys me, I’m guilty of the same thing. Of course, when it comes to political candidates, we must vote one over the other. Only one candidate can win. There’s room for only one President.
I sometimes act like this is true in other areas, too.
I have a burning desire to encourage. But sometimes I believe the lie that says there’s a finite amount of room for lifting others up, like praising them somehow detracts from my own good. So I make the choice to remain silent. If someone is getting lifted up around here, I vote me over you.
But encouragement doesn’t work like an election ballot. So I pray the words that feed my fire: “Lord, humble me and lift others up.”
At the heart of encouragement is humility. Lifting others up automatically puts me in a posture of humility. So I tell my sister she’s a good mama. I back my friend in a sticky situation. I show my husband I believe in him. I even tell the woman in front of me in the grocery line she has awesome hair. I plant seeds of encouragement and ask God to grow them because it’s not me or them. It is us for Him. There is room for everyone to sing each other’s praises because the whole earth is full of His glory and when we praise each other, we praise Him.
We vote ‘yes’ for the sisters and the mothers and the people in voting lines because there’s space to extravagantly celebrate everyone’s gifts and talents.
Jesus – the One who had equal status with God – chose a laid-low posture all His earthly life. He remained quiet about His own good works while praising the humble and giving glory to God. May I too remember the only way up is down, and may I live this out by making a joyful noise over talented and amazing you, gorgeous hair and all.
What is one way you can lift up those in your circle of influence today?