What drives us to do what we do? Are we seeking our own success only or cheering on others? Are we thinking of what we can get out of something or wondering how this is good for the whole? Are we considering how we can work together or how we can do something ourselves? Are we trying to help others receive recognition or willing to steal the spotlight no matter the cost?
What is driving us in our lives? Why do we say, do, post the things we do? Why do we seek what we do? What is our goal in it all? Is it to destroy or to build up? When we evaluate our actions and the motivation behind those actions, it helps us to understand what is really going on. We might find we don’t like the source very much – because it may just be we are looking after ourselves without regard for the greater good. It may be we find we are selfish in our goals. We may find that we are really not looking after anyone else and it can be difficult to find love in it all.
Today’s focus scripture reminds us we should be looking after one another. With God’s love, we should be reaching out and picking up our brothers and sisters. As God’s beloved, we are called to lift up, encourage, support, and move forward together. The words used are meant to help and to love together. These are not words that mean to destroy or beat down. We are not called to name call or push away. WE are called to encourage one another in the journey, we have all been fainthearted. We are called to help one another, we all have times when we are weak. What a gift to have someone who helps and is patient! We are called to seek the good for each other. This is what it looks like to show the love of God. This is what we do, beloved.
Today, let’s lift up, encourage, support, and love as God has called and taught. It just might change a life – and that life may be ours.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
14 And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. 15 See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all.
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