My friend Allen sent me an email this weekend. He said he had taken some time to read over the last few blog entries or so, and he thanked me for them. He said they were meaningful and moving to him. He said they helped him understand things better. He made me feel encouraged, he made me feel like if for only one person the writing I do here mattered.
Now I know this might sound like a plea for everyone to tell me how wonderful I am, but that is not my point. Well not my only point :) What Allan did was encourage me to use my gifts. The bible talks about this, encouraging one another towards good works, sharing with those that share with you, and the whole body needing one another. I try to make it a habit to tell people how much their actions mean to me.
In the book Connecting, Dr. Larry Crabb talks about how one of the most important parts of Christian fellowship is seeing the Christ in others and calling it forth. That is encouragement. So today, and the rest of this holiday season, oh heck, the rest of your life, take the time to see the Christ in others, see their good works, look deeply and see the good, and praise it, encourage it, fan the flame. There is enough in this world that tears us down, we should be people that build up.
Thanks Allan for building me up