How do we get better at something? Now, think about that – really. To get better, we need to practice. Whether it be free-throws or forgiveness. Whether it be riding a bike or encouraging others. It all takes practice.
Many of you know I love playing the guitar, and it all began in the 9th grade. I was privileged with the opportunity to take an ‘introduction to playing the guitar’ class, and my journey began. But what made it all possible was the countless hours of practicing between classes that it’s still a fundamental part of my life today.
The same is true with encouragement, and one of my favorite things to do – to find the good in another and build it up.
Now, imagine if we all read the Bible, not just as information, but words to put into practice, and then, put them into practice.
Let me show you how it works. Paul writes, “Encourage each other and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
Now, write the word “encourage” or “build up” on a card and keep it ever before you. Then, throughout your day, do it. At the end of the day, take an honest evaluation of how you did. And may I suggest, have someone hold you accountable, like a coach helping you get better at a particular sport.
And do the same with opening doors for others, picking up trash, forgiving, saying hello, please and thank, etc.. This practice will make a big difference in the lives of others, and yours.
“Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart” (Psalms 119:34)