A New Year's Challenge For Me...and You!

The Lord has used a few friends to encourage me lately and it got me thinking-what if I responded to every prompting from the Holy Spirit to encourage my friends and family?  I want to be a wife, mom, daughter, and friend who encourages those around me. What if we as a culture truly desired the best for others and did not look at everything as a competition?  Instead of being jealous or upset about something someone has, or how they look, or how amazing someone else's kid is, let's choose to bless and edify one another.  I recently heard this quote and thought it was so profound. "The reason we struggle with insecurity and do not encourage like we should is because we are too busy comparing our behind the scenes with someone else's highlight reel." Can't you relate to that?  For me personally, I may not feel the need to encourage someone because I am only looking at their "highlight reel".  But, when I take the time to be in relationship with others, I realize that at the end of the day, we are all battling something... therefore, we all need encouragement.  

Will you join me in the New Year and choose to encourage, bless, and edify those around you?  I can only imagine how the Lord will bless our efforts as we choose His ways in 2013...just think about the number of people you could encourage in a year's time.  That is pretty exciting to me!  

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

And, The Message translation reads: (emphasis mine)
Build up hope so you'll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind.  I know you're already doing this; just keep on doing it.  

Be blessed!  

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