After reading my husbands post this week, I was more than encouraged on many different levels!. Not just because I was able to encourage and believe in the man I love, but it made me think of how I can be more of an encouragement to the many people around me…. especially the ones that live with me right here in my own home.
How many times do we hear people say “I wish I had someone who believes in me“, or “I wish I had more encouragement around me“. Well, let`s be `that someone`, the Barnabas that everyone needs. Individually, we won`t be able to encourage everyone out there, that`s unrealistic, but God has given each of us people that we live with right in our own homes. People we rub shoulders with everyday. These are the people we can faithfully start with. Think of the difference you could possibly make in your children and your spouse just by believing in their dreams and building them up every chance you can!.
Personally, as a wife, I believe that I should be my husbands biggest fan. The one who builds him up, speaks life into him, and `pumps air in his tires` so to speak. 1 Thes 5: 11 says Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. When I hear my husbands heart, and start believing in his dreams and bigger picture, something happens to strengthen us, we get inspired and strengthened to move forward. I don`t know about you, but I believe that my role should be to follow him, support him and pray for him daily. I am definitely not super woman, and these things don`t get done 100% of the time, but my hearts desire is to be a wife who stands and believes in my spouse!
This same attitude can and should be applied to our little ones! These little lives can be boosted and inspired by YOUR words of belief and encouragement to them! Think of how God looks down on us and believes in us, it`s the same way we should look at our children, and inspire them to be all God wants them to be, and to do all God wants them to do.
I was reading a devotional the other day, and it gave the picture of a parent helping a child walk for the first time. They hold out their arms, and let that child know he can trust him. That child goes ahead and takes the next step because of that great encouragement and trust that the parent is there believing that he can do it. We can be that parent, spouse or friend, knowing that when the ones we love are down, worried or discouraged, we can believe in them and pick them up!. It`s something we can all think about and be challenged with.