One of my friends told me the other day that she loves Bubblegum ice cream. I thought that was ridiculous. Because I ate Bubblegum ice cream once, and I thought it was disgusting. Bubblegum ice cream seemed like a great gift to give somebody who really annoyed you. Payback. Sweet revenge.
But my friend talked about Bubblegum ice cream the other day like it was the greatest thing since sliced bread (great bread @ Great Havest. sooo good). I’m more of a Cookie Dough ice cream kind of guy.
Some people like vanilla, sherbet, neapolitan, and others like the expensive Italian style gelatto.
Here’s the thing. Because I like cookie dough, I would naturally get cookie dough for everyone else. I feel like that’s how we encourage people a lot. I’m an outgoing clown of a dude, so I like having parties thrown for me. But my Mom is definitely not into the big party kind of thing to celebrate her. She’d like a smaller crowd, probably just our immediate family.
Paul talked about this in Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let ANY unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but ONLY what is helpful for building others up according to their needs.”
Be positive on purpose this week. And consider others and how they might want to be encouraged. Because other people’s needs, likes, wants are way different than mine. I know, it’ll be weird to serve them some “Bubblegum flavored ice cream.” Maybe a note instead of a party. Maybe a plaque instead of an emotional card. Because they’re kind of weird…you know…different than you. But that’s the encouragement they need. It’s not what I want. It’s what they need. Let’s do it!