“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
In a culture of self, setting aside a few moments of your day to serve or encourage someone else will stand out to others and bring deeper meaning to your day.
Encouraging someone else can be as simple as reading your cashier’s name tag in the grocery line and striking up a short conversation using their name. People love to be seen and heard. Ask how their day is going. Thank them for their hard work and help. Don’t forget the bagger at the end of your lane.
Do you have a little extra cash? Pick up someone’s bill or buy them a cup of coffee. Maybe someone you know needs a few groceries to hold them over. It might be inconvenient to run to the store and then drop it off, but it can make a significant impact on them and your day.
Don’t have the cash to spare? Everyone can share a compliment, encouragement, or give time to have a conversation. Praying with someone as they face something difficult or exciting can add meaning to the day for both of you. As scary as it may feel, you can pray with a stranger if they are open to it. Often, those are the meaningful moments that leave me most in awe. God wants to use you, and taking a moment to encourage someone else is one way He does that.
However, working from home during the pandemic can make interacting with others more difficult. That doesn’t mean you can’t still encourage someone else. Send a text message, email, or snail mail, letting someone know that you are thinking of them and praying for them. Maybe include a prayer you said for them with the message. Even better, pick up the phone or video conferencing app and give them a call. While the written word can be impactful, hearing someone’s voice and seeing their face can add a more meaningful touch to your day.
These five ways are not the only ways to make your every day more meaningful, but if you are struggling, or feeling like your days go by in a meaningless blur, I encourage you to pick one or two. May you find more meaning in each day and use it to God’s glory.
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