Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Often in my quests to do good, I fail.
My friend’s mom has been in poor health since spring, going back and forth to the hospital and doctors’ offices.
Because I remember how difficult it was taking my own mother to the doctor—even with my sisters or brother—I offered to meet Julie at her mom’s appointment to help.
But while I waited at one door to the Heart Center, they came through another. And after the appointment, Julie and I together still couldn’t get her mom back in the car.
I had been no help after all. We needed more.
I walked back inside to get more. I hesitantly explained our dilemma to the lady at the Information Desk, expecting a little advice, at best.
Instead, the receptionist hopped up and walked outside with me. Before I knew it, she had Julie’s mom loaded and buckled into the front seat of the car, without any assistance from me or Julie.
She then spoke healing words into Julie’s mom. She said to hang in there. To keep fighting. To resist the urge to sit back and let bad health get the best of you.
After she closed the passenger door, Julie and I thanked her for both her physical help as well as her attitude. Both were valuable.
She then gave us one more thing.
She said her mother taught her this:
There are two kinds of people you’ll remember in this world: those who are mean to you and those who are nice. Since you never know where you’re going to find yourself, you better be nice to everyone. None of us are getting younger; we all need encouragement. As long as we’ve got breath in us, we’re still in the game.
Then she went back inside.
But her words linger with me still.
Most of us have room to be a little nicer to everyone we meet. If we’re still here, still breathing, we still have opportunities to show God’s love.
I’m thankful the receptionist gave the gift of encouragement to us when the gift I showed up to give didn’t work out. Maybe I was there that day so I could receive her gift to pass along to others.
So if you can be nicer today, do. Give away the gifts you have.
You’re still in the game.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.
1 Peter 4:10
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