I am sure that each of us has had a time in our lives when we get to the end of something, we feel accomplished, and we reward ourselves in some way. You get to the end of finals and reward yourself with a night out with friends. After a month of being really good about eating healthy and exercising, you decide that one treat meal is ok. Once that especially crazy week at work has passed over, you allow yourself a day to just do nothing but lounge in the sun at the beach. But how often do we look to the people around us and celebrate their little victories as well?
For last week’s love action or random act of kindness, I knew one of my coworkers had just finished up a time of intense training and a very disciplined diet, and that he really wanted some time of good relaxation and delicious treats. So I baked him some cookies and brought them into work for him. At this point you probably realize that God has anointed me with an ability to bake, and as simple as that may sound, it really does get the point across. It lets someone else see that they are cared about, that someone remembers and thinks about the things they do in their life, and that together we should all be celebrating the successes of others, rather than just competing to show off our own.
As human beings we need that time of rest, of reward, and of celebration, otherwise life can start to seem like this overwhelming, endless list of things to do that is never going to end. Those times of reflecting upon what we have done (and even more importantly, what God has being doing in us), and acknowledging our growth and progress (no matter how big or small), is how we ensure we aren’t just going to burn out thinking there was no point in our efforts anyhow. It is good to help other people see that in themselves too, help them fight that little voice that can so often pop up and say ‘well yeah, but I’m still not good enough because of this or that.’ Hebrews 3:13 sums up the necessity for encouragement so well – “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
This week, try to think how someone else is thinking, consider their interests rather than your own. If you know someone who has been working really hard at something, let them know that you see their progress as well. That you think they ought to be rewarded too. Acknowledge someone else’s successes this week and celebrate them in whatever way you know can bless them best. Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have an amazing week!
“So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” -Philippians 2:1-4