Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

In order to persevere, I need encouragement. Someone to reassure, comfort, tell me I’m going to make it. It’s too easy for me to only see the problems and become discouraged. I don’t see progress.

That’s often because my focus is only on me. My problems. My struggles. My race.

One way to take my eyes off of myself is to look around me while I run my race. I don’t run the race alone.

We’re running this marathon together. Your problems and struggles may be different than mine, but they’re real.

And if I take a minute, I can offer you some encouragement.

First, I have to listen to you. What do you face? What are you worried about? And since we’ve been running together, I can see strengths you may have forgotten you have. Remind you of your victories. Your progress.

I can pray for you. If I’ve truly listened, I can pray specifically. Even if I sprint ahead for a while, know I haven’t left you in the dust. I’m praying.

Eventually, you’re going to come alongside of me again. And then, I can smile. Rejoice in your progress.

If you don’t catch up for a while, I will turn around. Come looking for you. Give you a hand up. I can slow my own pace and run with you, side by side. Or even run behind you, my hand on your back, gently guiding you to take the next step and the next.

All the while, you are doing the same for me. Pushing. Pulling. Stopping. Going.

One. Step. At. A. Time.

Together, we’ll make it.

How can I encourage you today? Leave a comment so I can pray for you.


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