intentional encouragement

I'm an encourager. I don't say that to brag on myself at all, it's just how God molded me. Nothing makes my heart light up more than to pour life and encouragement into someone else. But I'm not always good at it, especially when I'm feeling down on myself. It's so much easier to throw my own little pity party than build someone else up! Earlier this week I was having a hard day. I was discouraged and feeling depressed. I posted this on Facebook:

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The responses were all the same: "Do something for yourself". About 20 different people telling me to go get myself ice cream, or coffee. Now, I don't think that's a BAD response. It's usually what I would tell someone when they asked the same question. But something about that day, and maybe the fact that I have been pushing myself to be super intentional, something stirred in me.

What if when we were discouraged and had the urge to treat ourselves...

...we instead treated someone else?Β 

I loaded up the girls and we headed out for ice cream. But this time was different. We went with the intention of encouraging someone else. So along with two tiny cups of chocolate chip ice cream, we also delivered some ice cream to a friend who I knew had a tough week.

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My heart was more full after blessing her with something than it ever is from simply buying myself something.

Can I encourage you to do that? The next time you've had a rough day, go bless someone else instead of yourself. Go through the line at starbucks and simply buy the person's coffee behind you in line. Deliver a treat to a friend. Make cookies and drop them on someone's doorstep. Make a sack lunch and take it to the homeless woman on the corner.

Let's be a culture that actually puts others first.Β  Wouldn't that be an amazing thing to see?

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