Jeremiah 31:25 (NIV)
25 I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.”
The cheers disappear and the chatter is all but gone.
~You light the way.
The silence is deafening and negative emotions begin to take hold.
~You call me into the Holy of Holies.
My soul pours out until it reaches critical emptiness.
~I enter through the torn veil.
My heart breaks as silence fills my ear.
~Your words never return void.
The gift of edification is met with worldly destruction.
~You call out and say, “Come and stay awhile My child.”
The ‘coat of silence’ is heavy and weighing me down.
~”Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.”
Do you mind if I rest here for a moment, Lord? It’s hard out there.
~”I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.”
Challenge: I was blessed to hear a sermon on encouragement last night. I’ve learned through personal trial and through teaching that the enemy wants nothing more than to keep Christians busy – so busy that they fail to sharpen one another.
Americans have this mastered perfectly! We do not need any further training; we don’t need the syllabus; we don’t even need the practice test! We already know how to overextend ourselves through work and play to where we forget the “main thing”…making disciples; loving God with all of our heart, mind and soul; and loving our neighbor as ourself. Within this process, there is a great deal of encouragement and edification.
Conversely, when we are focused only on climbing the career ladder, refreshing social media accounts, and making sure our elementary children make it into the major leagues when they grow up [-laugh please-], then we have truly failed. That might be hard to swallow, but we all know it’s true. Living a life filled with the Holy Spirit and on track with Jesus’ ministry means doing exactly what He did when He walked this same dirt thousands of years ago. The first church gives us the best example; they were a body knit together. Can’t you just see it?! Praying, worshiping, eating, sharpening, sharing, helping – Kingdom work!
When you live life together, you can’t help but encourage those around you! So, I encourage you today – look up! First and foremost, let the Holy Spirit fill you up to where you have His rushing waters flow from your spirit onto those around you. Does your family need a refreshing? What about those around you at work? Let the Holy Spirit flood you and those around you. Secondly, be intentional! Make a point to step outside of yourself and encourage those around you. For some, this is super easy. For others, this is foreign and hard. However, the reward flows both ways! Be blessed as you pour out a blessing.