encouragerWho have you encouraged, today?  Another person? Yourself?

Were your eyes open wide enough to see that moment when you could show mercy and act with kindness toward someone?

To the one you cut short or cut off, did you go back and apologize? Did it occur to you that they were already disappointed in themselves for what they missed?  Was it a help for you to double the impact of their disappointment?

Correction can rise from two different roots: the law or grace.  We all try to avoid being corrected by the law. I mean, the last thing anyone wants to see are those flashing blue lights in your rear view mirror.

But, when someone brings correction out of love there is no lasting grief or regret. We are pulled closer to where we need to be together.

The law drives a wedge between the one correcting and the one being corrected. Grace drops an anchor that allows us both to be steadfast no matter how stormy it gets.

Again, just checking, who have you encouraged, today?