Taking the responsibility of encouraging people may very well be a big decision for some. Taking the responsibility of encouraging SELF is a deficiency to others. Often times, I regard encouragement as a self-less act. You are giving of yourself for the uplifting of someone you’ve encountered. The act of “pouring out”.
The gospel song “Give Myself Away” comes time mind. Isn’t that what’s taking place when you are giving of yourself to others? Do you consider yourself a “giver”? if you do, this comes natural. However, I hypothesize, based on personal feedback that “receiving” is difficult for most givers. We feel like there is no one there to pour into us.
I used to feel that way until very recently. Of course I recognize the counsel of the Most High never dissipates. (Matthew 11:28 NLT – Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.) But there ARE people who pour into you in THEIR way. Sometimes we don’t recognize others’ contribution to us, because it’s not in the manner in which we choose to contribute.
Did someone who you haven’t speak to in a while acknowledge you? Did someone send up a prayer for you? Did you get a text from a friend, or an extended conversation? Random acts of kindness do not come in the way we give them, they are governed by the person who is giving at that time.
Hope that was clear…it was a priceless revelation to me.