Give what you need. If you need encouragement, be an encouragement. Although this is contrary to the world in its rage for narcissistic consumption, it is better to give than to receive. Because it’s how we become examples of the heart of God to others. I’d rather be a channel of blessing. Even if I find myself amid self-absorbed, thoughtless people, I’d rather speak praise, encouragement, or nothing at all. When some people seem to take and take all you give until you feel bled dry, keep the mouth shut (I tell myself) unless it magnifies the love and promises of God.
Oh, to abide in a state of contentment and joy found in God alone, regardless of how others respond, interact, treat, expend, or ignore… That is priceless steadfastness! And when I uplift and encourage, especially when I’m down in the dumps or uber tired—because that’s life sometimes with its human challenges—it’s a genuine declaration, a determination that I entrust my all to HIM, and make a conscious choice that others’ needs are more important than my own, even if they’ve bummed me out. It’s an act of putting God first. His love is supreme. The Lord is my unfailing friend and constant companion, the light in my darkness, the eternal thirst-quenching water.
Look to Jesus. Care for others. If you need a break from your situation, take a short prayer-hike wherever you are, on steel or soil (whatever your footing), for a refresher. Breathe in, breathe out. What a privilege! Life is more abundant when you live it beyond the here and now and me-cycle. You might be the only example of Christ to another. Need an encourager? Be an encourager.