You know, sometimes this writing part of my life is not easy! I try to come up with something interesting, or thought provoking, not preachy and above all not too opinionated. I try to frame what I write as my experience, and hope it either encourages or at least gives someone a different perspective.
It is hard though, because I am pretty opinionated. I’d like to think that I have some pretty good ideas, because I have common sense, and in some ways I am pretty smart. So I am thinking my opinions are wise…. Right? Also, according to my pastor since I am so old, I am a good mentor figure. (that kills me)
Well over the last few years as social media has exploded, I am less and less impressed with my own opinion. Why? Because I am so tired of hearing everyone else’s, I can imagine how people feel hearing mine. I am lucky though, as I have an easier time holding my tongue than others do. (don’t get me wrong, I came by this trait the hard way. But God has taken hurt and made it into a useful part of my life.)
Why did I bring this up? I really don’t know….I just started writing? I guess it was the phone call I got last night. I am typically the one who is messaging or talking to someone to encourage them, but last night the call was for me. Someone wanted to ask how I was, and check up on me and the family. I appreciated it so much! And at the end she prayed for me, and it was cool because it showed growth in her faith.
Why these two topics together? Well, I guess it’s because I hear much more ”opinion” than encouragement. And since I am like most people, I tend to think we are all looking for more encouragement, love, kindness and lack of judgment than we are looking for another opinion. So today be mindful of the words you say. Be a shoulder to lean on, cry on or just be a good listener. Leave your opinions behind, and see how you can be an encouragement to someone today.
Was that a little preachy? Not sure…… will try better tomorrow.