Thursday night, I am usually shattered, ready for an early night, wanting to hide myself away from the world. We all feel this way at times.
Instead, I host up to 12 people at my house for life group, we meet to chat, worship, pray and discuss. I meet with a group of friends, who feel like family to talk about what I am struggling with, what is going well, what I want to do.
Their love, support and prayer enables me to cope in the difficult times, to enjoy the happy times, to cry in the miserable times and to maintain my hope.
Let’s face it life is hard, being a Christian is a challenging.
I am a Christian, that doesn’t mean I am perfect, it certainly doesn’t make me better than anyone else and it doesn’t mean I have it all together.
Each Thursday, I am encouraged to let go of the masks we so often wear, to be open, honest and vulnerable, to be the real me. The me I was created to be.
This should be scary but it allows me to be free.
We all need the opportunity to share and be listened to, to tell our story. To be honest about who we are and where we are at.
Encouragement is so important, it is something that is often lacking in our day to day lives. We need to do it more. We need to look after each other.
‘So encourage one another and build each other up, just as you are doing.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
What do you think about encouragement?
When were you last encouraged?
When did you last encourage others?