In today’s world, I find myself hearing a lot of advice – opinions, good intentions or not, are risky. It can draw lines in relationships that aren’t worth the distance it may cause. To be honest, I fall short of heeding my own advice, daily. That is stopping, today. No longer am I going to be an advice giver, unless it is truly desired by the person sharing and being vulnerable with me. I am going to listen, hear, and acknowledge those around me. I am going to encourage and build others up. And that’s it. Period. That is our role.
As parents, friends, spouses, children, neighbors, employees, employers – what would happen if we truly assumed the best in people – knew they were doing the next best thing for them and those around them, understanding that we may think we know it all, but we truly have no idea the depth of their heart and soul – what may or may not be going on in their life. What would happen if we got curious instead – asking questions, learning, exploring with them? I believe Amazing Things. I think a lot of paths that may not be the best decision would be correctly, through love and encouragement, vs through unwelcomed opinion. As we sort through the pros and cons to every decision in life – let’s encourage those around us that “They’ve got this!” Let’s lift them up.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
Collosians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
“Be an encourager. The world already has enough critics.” – unknown