Friday, April 16, 2010

Silver and Gold Have I None

But what I do have is the Gift of Encouragement.

And I freely give it to you. So, take it.

I insist.

No, really.


*sigh* Ministry can be so hard.

God has given each of us special gifts and He wants us to use them. I hope this encourages
you to never give up and to press in and share what He's given to you. In other words, stop being lazy. And selfish. And dumb. I love encouraging you!

People need time. Time to think and ponder about the great words of wisdom offered that day. I understand. After I've encouraged you, take all the time you need. 5,4,3,2,1...Ding! Time is up. What do you mean you still feel sad? That's impossible.

Sometimes people have to be persuaded to accept encouragement. And that's okay. Just grab them by the back of their neck and talk through gritted teeth. Later, they'll appreciate what you've said.


That look right there is what I live for. To spread joy everywhere I go.

Sometimes you get angry glares. Ignore them and encourage anyway. I find at moments like these a song, sung with strong emotion at the top of my lungs, can bring the joy.

But I must warn you. There are always the doubters. They don't believe a word you're saying. They don't want to hear your songs. They don't want encouragement. Do it anyway. But just know...

You've got to know when to hold 'em...know when to fold 'em...know when to walk away, know when to run...

I have a feeling I'd better run when she sees these pictures of herself on my blog.


The Uhlman Canine Hotel said...

Love the picture of you two!

See Mom Smile said...

Hey I know that teenage glare. Thanks for the encouragement today!