The other day I had a hard conversation with a friend and her criticism towards me stuck to my heart like dried up Crazy Glue.
I tried to stop thinking about our conversation, but I couldn’t. And as the day went on, my heart started sinking into discouragement. Eventually my runaway thoughts were woven into a prayer for help.
Lord, show me what I need to do to let this go. I need your help.
Within minutes, these words from one of my favorite verses came to mind, “a generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25
I knew it was God’s way of telling me what to do next. My magic memory eraser wasn’t working. The way I could overcome my discouragement was by pouring encouragement into someone else.
So, I texted my friend Angela to see if she wanted to lunch the next day.
And it worked. We met for lunch and I gave her my full attention. Asking about her kids, telling her what a great mom she is… giving her all of me changed everything.
Somehow in God’s economy of grace, when we give we get.
When we pour out, He fills us up.
When I feel discouraged Lord, show me who to encourage
When I feel sad Jesus, show me how to give someone a little bit of happy.
When I feel forgotten, show me who in my life needs to feel seen.
When I feel like I have nothing to offer, remind me that the greatest offering I have is YOU.
Help me give Your love, Your attention, Your encouragement, Your smile to someone today.