In the world but not of it

July 19, 2010

People need encouragement…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

One day Moses said to his brother-in-law, Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, “We are on our way to the place the LORD promised us, for he said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us and we will treat you well, for the LORD has promised wonderful blessings for Israel!” But Hobab replied, “No, I will not go. I must return to my own land and family.” “Please don’t leave us,” Moses pleaded. “You know the places in the wilderness where we should camp. Come, be our guide. If you do, we’ll share with you all the blessings the LORD gives us.” Numbers 10:29-32

Encouragement seems to be lacking greatly in our world today. I don’t mean only “in the world” but also in the church. And I also don’t mean the type of encouragement most people think of when you say the word, that is when we see someone down or out and we go over to “encourage” them…

While that is very important, I am speaking more of the encouragement around telling people we need them, telling people they are doing a great job, telling people how vital they are to the ministry or the organization or to their own lives.

It is “discouraging” to see people not get this type of encouragement because others don’t want to “puff them up”, thinking that somehow the person’s ego will inflate simply because they are told they are good at something or performed well. I think they are confusing that with flattery.

Let’s be honest, many times we or others don’t give this type of encouragement because we want the glory, the credit and don’t want the other person to be viewed as better or more esteemed than we are.

But Moses gives us a great example. Not only does he tell Hobab he needs him but keep in mind that Hobab was likely a non-believer yet Moses looks past that and wants him not only to stay for the invaluable experience he brings but also tells him that we can participate in the blessings God will bestow upon them. In effect he is saying this is a true “win-win” scenario.

Folks, if you are experiencing some level of success, some form of convenience, some type of comfort today it is likely that much of it is due to people that God has placed in your life…go to them and tell them how much you appreciate them, how important they are to you and how good they are at what they do. Regardless of whether they experience a moment of pride, the impact of encouragement it will have on them will last much longer and yield greater results for them, maybe even for you and ultimately, if they don’t happen to know the Lord it may be the one thing that moves them in that direction.

People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

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