Today, we are going to talk about one of the most important truths when it comes to encouraging others, a truth that will help us set the foundation for all the other conversations we’re going to have.
Are you ready? Here we go: we can’t encourage everybody.
I would love to make and send a card to every person I know who is having a hard day or going through a difficult season. I would love to be able to pick up groceries and make meals and watch kids and drive people to appointments… but I can’t. I literally can’t do it all. And you can’t either.
That’s why we have to prayerfully discern who God is inviting us to reach out to.
Today, I’m going to share with you some general principles that God has guided me to. I encourage you to listen, and then ask God to show you who He wants you to focus on when it comes to caring for those who are hurting.
Let’s encourage one another…
Dallas Willard: “There is a distinctive emphasis by Jesus on loving your neighbor, your ‘near dweller,’ not upon loving ‘humanity’ or ‘everyone.’ What this means is that our duty and our virtue is to love those with whom we are in effectual contact–those we can really do something about.”