This morning, I woke up early. Way earlier than I have in a while. Our hispanic minister Francisco Davilla was taking a mission flight out of country, and I wanted to see him before he left. The send off was at 5. So I did the, I’ll wake up at 4:20 thing. Which turned into 4:30…and even 4:33. Quick shower. Jump in my car. Get dressed. Not necessarily in that order.
I’m rushing down to the airport and it’s 4:45, but I can get there by 4:57 I’m sure and send him off. A couple of things happened.
1) I forgot how the Tulsa International Airport works, that all departures leave from one gate.
2) I forgot a few of the details.
And so my plan to encourage fell on its face. It didn’t fall on its face at the airport. It fell on its face when 4:20 turned into 4:33. Because otherwise I would have been there in time. Instead, I left the airport ticked off with myself. How selfish was that extra 13 minutes? I didn’t need it. But my life has revolved around me for so long that I couldn’t get myself out of bed.
I immediately set sail for Oklahoma City to get an early jump on my homework and eat at Cracker Barrel. (Yes, Cracker Barrel is a redemptive quality to frustration.)
So it’s a few hours later, and I’m still frustrated with my laziness. Because encouragement matters. It’s important for me to sacrifice some of me for the benefit of others. Hebrews 3:13 says, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”
How many times have you come close to encouraging someone, but held back? How many times were you going to fill their mind with joy and positive thoughts of God and His love for them? Don’t hold back. Do it. Say something because your words may be the difference maker today. If not, you’ll regret your timidness. Or your (in my case) laziness.
This is the part where you say, “Are you sure?” Yep. I’m positive. And will be positive on purpose today.