The other day a friend sent me a chain letter by email. I don’t normally respond, but it seemed so simple and the goal was to send encouragement to others. There were two listed names and emails and the request was to send ONE note of encouragement to the first person on the list. Then you copied the email and sent it off to others, moving your name up to the top of the list.
Or so I thought.
In this day and age, I find it’s so important to encourage one another. We’re all facing so much… CRAP. Cancer is rampant, ISIS is out to kill us, and everywhere we turn we face negatives in our life. I was more than happy to send the first person on my list a passage from the Psalms.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)
I was so ready to receive a few notes of encouragement myself in my inbox. After all, I kind of needed it. Christmas isn’t meaning the same thing to me this year, I’ve been depressed and in need of some uplifting moments. So I eagerly awaited at least ONE tidbit of hope from my friends.
You know what I got?
“I’m not going to do this. Sorry.”
“20 names are too many for me to come up with.”
“I don’t know how to do this.”
Not ONE SINGLE PERSON did it. Not one. I didn’t even get, “Sorry, I can’t do this, but I hope you have a great day.” Or, “Here is one bit of encouragement for you even though I’m too busy to do the whole thing.”
Nada. Nothing. Zilch.
Are we simply too busy to just give a word of hope to someone? A simple “You are awesome”? Are we so immersed in our own mindless crap that we can’t reach out to a single person. I know it’s difficult. I’ve been swallowed up myself in a bit of self pity, but it actually felt good to ME to send that bit of encouragement to someone else. It reminded ME that God is my stronghold and I shouldn’t be afraid. It helped ME.
Now I’m actually more discouraged. SO. I decided to write this blog. Not to shame anyone. Not to make anyone feel badly. I want us to ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER. Come on. You can do it. Comment below with a word of encouragement. Or tell me about someone you DID encourage today.
Restore my faith in humanity. I could use some encouragement. Will you leave me hanging?