People who come into our lives may become our companions for the long journey or for only a few days, hours or minutes. Will their presence enhance our lives, or will we enhance theirs?
Sometimes God puts people in our lives on purpose so we can help them become all He created them to be. Most people will not reach their full potential without somebody else believing in them. That means you and I have an assignment. Everywhere we go we should be encouraging people, building them up, challenging them to reach for new heights.
When people are around us, we should leave them better off than they were previously. Rather than feeling discouraged or defeated, people should feel challenged and inspired after spending any time with you and me.
The Bible says that love is kind. One translation says, “love looks for a way of being constructive.” In other words, love looks for ways to help improve somebody else’s life. Take time to make a difference. Don’t just obsess about how you can make your own life better. Think about how you can make somebody else’s life better as well. Our attitude should be, “Who can I encourage today? Who can I build up? How can I improve somebody else’s life?”
You have something to offer that nobody else can give. Somebody needs your encouragement. Somebody needs to know that you believe in him, that you’re for her, that you think he or she has what it takes to grow on their spiritual or career path.
If you look back over your own life, most likely you’ll find someone who played a pivotal role in helping you get to where you are today. Maybe your parent or a paster / priest / minister had confidence in you and helped you believe in yourself. Perhaps it was a boss who placed you in a higher position even though you didn’t feel qualified at the time. Or a school counselor who said, “you’ve got what it takes. You can go to this college. You can be successful in that career.”
Maybe they saw something in you that you may not have seen in yourself, and they helped you get to the next level. Now it’s your turn to do something similar for somebody else. Who are you cheering on? Who are you helping to become successful? Friend, there is no greater investment in life than in being a people builder. Relationships are more important than our accomplishments.
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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (1 Cor 13:4)
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