Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, July, 2015

posted Jul 1, 2015, 7:21 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Jul 1, 2015, 7:21 PM ]

Look For Encouragers

You've heard the expression, I'm sure, that “everyone needs a pat on the back every now and then.” Who doesn't appreciate an occasional word of praise, encouragement or congratulations? That's why it is important to surround oneself with encouragers rather than constant criticizers.

Some people by nature seem quick to offer advice and even quicker to criticize. One woman when asked why she was always so critical, replied as follows: “I guess I just have a knack for seeing other people's faults!” That's hardly a quality that anyone should consider desirable or admirable.

Faultfinders should consider these words from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount: “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, or criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor" (Matthew 7:1-5 The Message).

There was a newspaper editor who called in her assistant and handed him a stack of papers. "These are suggestions sent in by subscribers on how to run our paper better. Make sure you carry them out," she said. He did. He carried them out and dropped them in the trash bin.

Criticizers are easy to find. What the world sorely needs are good encouragers. Not more people to find fault, but people to point out strengths and encourage us to succeed. The most successful people look for positive qualities. They see potential where others see failure. And they encourage success in others.

Mark Twain expressed it like this: "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great."

With whom do you spend your time? Criticizers or encouragers? Surround yourself with those who believe in you. Your life is too important for anything less.

Consider well these words of advice and encouragement found in the fifth chapter of II Thessalonians: “8 Since we belong to the day, let’s stay sober, wearing faithfulness and love as a piece of armor that protects our body and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 God didn’t intend for us to suffer his wrath but rather to possess salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 Jesus died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with him. 11 So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already.”

 

George Weaver, Pastor of Maturing Ministries

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