Uplifting Others

 One trait that I do not naturally have is that of habitually uplifting others by my company.  I can tend far too much to the sober, reflective side of things.  And as valuable as I do believe it is to help influence others to do more sober reflection in their lives, that is not the only positive influence that I want to have on people.  I have come to see that it is also very valuable indeed simply to cheer others up by my company.  We should be uplifting people.  And I hope we realize that this is more and more valuable as it is practiced in a deeper and deeper way.  The more superficial the cheer is, the less lasting value it has.

As sad as it is to confess, I think I have been almost hesitant in the past to try to cheer people up.  Why would that be?  I had so emphasized the need for people to come to their sober senses that I lost sight of the other elements of life.  I thought my only job was always to correct and instruct and teach in a serious way that would bring sober change.  I still believe that we need a good heavy dose of sobriety in our culture, some good deep meditation and reflection.  But I also see that many people sometimes need some positive encouragement and uplifting.  In fact, we all need that at times, don’t we?

I do want people to help me soberly think in life.  But I also value those people whose presence comforts and cheers me.  That is a great blessing, isn’t it?  And the truth is that not everybody has that effect on a regular basis, do they?

If I delight in the company of those who cheer and uplift me, maybe I should work to be that sort of person to others.  That might make sense, don’t you think?

This is one way I can evaluate myself: What impact do I have on people when I am around them?  When I spend time with someone, are they better off for it?  Does my company help them in life?  One of the big helps that we can give people is a kind word of encouragement, an uplifting spirit that brings them up and cheers them.  That is a valuable thing.  Do I do that for people on a regular basis?  That is a good testing question for me.  I am working to learn more about being an encouraging person.

This doesn’t mean, of course, that encouragement and cheer is the only thing that I should ever bring to someone’s life.  Sometimes a friend might need a word from me that is not so “encouraging.”  We all need that at times as well.   But overall, I hope to be a person that people are glad to see coming their way, someone that people want to be around.  That is a good grace that we should all work to develop.

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About amspencer1984

I am a Christian who desires to serve in God's kingdom in the best way possible. I have served as a foreign missionary in southern Mexico. I have worked as a youth minister at my local church of Grace Baptist in Dickson, TN. I have also recently begun to write books with a desire to help others grow in life. I hope that they are helpful and effective in doing that. I have been married to Alicia Spencer since 2003. We have six children and give thanks to God for all of them.
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