Last night, the Grammys were awarded to lots of very talented people who have achieved some incredible things, some admirable & noteworthy. Despite all of these accomplishments, let’s remember what’s even more important than achievements – people. People are important because they’re people and not only for what they can achieve. So here are some ideas to affirm & encourage people in your life today:
tell someone why you like them in relation to their character – I like that you’re: compassionate, patient, passionate, creative, fun, thoughtful, etc
be liberal with compliments & stingy with criticisms
look for ways to encourage someone: I saw that you went the extra mile; I see that you’re trying to improve in this area, I appreciate your creativity, etc
affirm differences rather than shaming for conformity 🙂
let the Holy Spirit encourage you today & this can help us encourage people around us!
Sherpas are an ethnic people group in Nepal who are often hired by mountaineers to help with the ascent of various mountains including Mount Everest. At the end of last week, there was a terrible avalanche in Nepal at the base of Mt Everest & 16 sherpas were killed. Sherpas are amazing people & are often the unsung heroes of the Himalays (to quote a famous sherpa). Sherpas do lots of work & help people achieve really amazing & super-human feats. They’ve been doing this for many decades but are often overlooked or even unheard of.
In some ways, the sherpas kind of remind me of the Holy Spirit, our Helper Whom Jesus said would never leave us & Who helps us, even when we don’t know it. Perhaps it might be a good idea to take a minute now to thank the Helper for being our constant guide & help in the journey of our life. Maybe the Holy Spirit is kind of like our supernatural sherpa ,)