In my morning reading this morning (March 25) I was challenged about the level of my encouragement towards my children. I read a quote from Chuck Swindoll where he tells the story of when he learns to ski. It was a hard day where skiing didn’t come at all naturally to him. He gave the example of his ski instructor as the epitome of encouragement.
He says, “That dear, gracious lady helped me up more times than I can remember…
She repeated the same basics time and again – like she had never said them before…
She kept offering words of reassurance.”
Can that be said of me?
The devotion goes on to describe the people we meet as often harassed by demands and deadlines, bruised by worry, adversity and failure; broken by disillusionment and defeated by sin that these people need a word of encouragement and that it is up to us to be that person.
But my thoughts went to my children – do they hear encouragement from me or do they hear constant reminders of their failures, their sin? Do I encourage them or do I highlight their sinful nature and increase their anxiety?
It is up to me to be an encourger – to use the right words, the correct tone and the calm actions to encourage them day in and day out.
Can I be like Chuck Swindoll’s ski instructor?
Can I help them up many times during the day?
Can I repeat the same instructions time and time again, each time as lovingly as the first?
Can I give them words of reassurance?
1 Thess 5:11
Therefore comfort each other and edify one another
Let us remember that our children qualify as "others" in our life! Let us encourage our children with truth and grace just as Jesus encourages us.