Tis the season to run errands, search for gifts, plan your parties, send out cards, find ugly sweaters, bake yummy cookies, decorate your homes, and drag yourself to work each day as you try to stay healthy at the same time.
Although this is a joyous season, some of us need a little encouragement to make it through the busyness of Christmas unscathed, and sometimes we just need a free pass to NOT get it all done. I give myself a free pass every year because I set the bar pretty low — knowing that shopping for the perfect gift that may end up re-gifted and braving the traffic en route to crowded stores to find those highly-coveted items on everyone’s list just isn’t a priority for me. Judge me if you must, but if I give generously all year long, I think I’m entitled to a waiver.
Today I’m giving everyone a free pass. That’s my gift to you. Along with that free pass, I have a homework assignment for the rest of the week. Spend a little time each day encouraging others. Iron sharpens iron. You just never know when you’ll need to be sharpened, polished, or forgiven.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. ~ Hebrews 10:24-25
Take a little time this week to intentionally build each other up, and not just the folks you like. That’s easy. Go out of your way to be kind to someone who has been unkind to you, or better yet, build up someone who needs to hear a little substantive feedback about how they have improved in some area, made a difference in your life, or stepped up to do something no one else wanted to do. If we all spend more time building each other up, we’d have fewer broken lives to mend in the long run.