Advent Day 9: Encourage One Another (But Not Me!)

I’m an introvert, so I am used to doing things alone. I like to take care of myself and sometimes have trouble asking others for help. When others ask how I am doing, I usually reply “good” even if I really am not. But I am learning that sometimes, loving others is giving them the opportunity to help. We don’t have to carry our burdens alone. As members of Christ’s church, our struggles are not ours alone; they’re meant to be shared.

The bible calls us to “Love one another” (John 13:34) and “Encourage one another” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). How can someone follow these commands if we don’t let them? How will they know what we need if we don’t share our struggles with others?

I have these challenges for myself this week and would encourage you to take them on as well:

  1. Speak words of encouragement to one person this week. This could be in person, in writing, or over the phone.
  2. Ask how people in your life truly are and see if there is anything that you can do yourself.
  3. Let other believers know about one thing that you are struggling with and accept prayers or help if it is offered.

This world does not have to be such a lonely place! When we tell others of our struggles, it leaves us vulnerable but also opens us up to deeper connections and relationships. And if we let someone else help us, they might be more open to receiving help from us in the future.