Encouragement in a Dysfunctional World

Author: Cindy Lee — Host: Emily TenterPosted on: January 9, 2022

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Encouragement in a Dysfunctional World

There are many challenges people face every day. The world we live in is dysfunctional, torn apart by imperfection. Sin has twisted God’s good creation, but Jesus came to heal the brokenness we inhabit. Because of Jesus, we have hope, and we get to share this hope with each other. When one of my friends was facing some challenges and was desperately in need of cheering up, I decided to email her some encouragement—and a few funny animal pictures to make her laugh. What I didn’t expect to receive a couple weeks later was a gift. After the initial awkwardness of, “Oh, you shouldn’t have, but thank you so much,” I excitedly tore open the wrapping paper to discover a sequel to a novel we’d both enjoyed reading. It was such a lovely surprise, and I was touched by her thoughtfulness—especially the kind thank-you message inside her card. I was overjoyed that my actions had helped my friend. I was reminded that simple acts of kindness, no matter how small, can mean so much to us. Plus, writing an encouraging email also made me feel uplifted. When we have a desire to reach out, we shouldn’t ignore it. Oftentimes the Holy Spirit puts these good desires inside us, and He also helps us do what God calls us to do. Let’s continue to build each other up and encourage one another like Jesus taught us. • Cindy Lee • Life is hard, but we can remind each other that we’re not alone. Can you think of a time someone encouraged you in a meaningful way? What did they say or do? • Who is someone you could encourage today? Consider asking the Holy Spirit to help you think of a way to show kindness to them. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (CSB)


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