Whether it was watching a gymnast attempt a new skill when I was in the process of perfecting mine or questioning whether or not the girl crying in the back of the classroom was going to be okay, I have always been the one that is focused on everyone else. Sometimes it may have been more of worry than focus, but I have always had the biggest heart for others. 

At a young age, we are all told not to worry about everyone else and what it is that they are doing. We are told to stay focused on ourselves and what it is that we are trying to accomplish in life. Time after time, it is crammed in our head.  Whether it is by family, teachers, classmates, and coaches, we are told the better we are as an individual the better off the world is going to be. Instead of being taught and encouraged to be selfless, we were taught to be all caught up in ourselves.

That is where it all went wrong. 

Proverbs 27:17 states: 

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.

If we are not worried about one another, who is going to hold each other accountable? Who is going to tell us that we are going down the wrong path? Who is going to encourage us to get back up when the enemy knocks us down again? 

God didn’t put us on earth to be so caught up in ourselves that we ignore the ones that need us the most

If you think that there is no one that needs you, you are wrong. Whether you realize it or not, people all around you are in need of help. It may not be something you can personally help them with, but it gives you an opportunity to point them to the one who is the solution to every single problem.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 states:

”Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing”

The definition of encouragement is the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope.  How bad would it be if we all lifted one another up? Stop for a moment and think about how bad it would be if God was as quick to judge as you are. Like what a disaster. Accept people for who they are, care about what they are passionate about, and be their hand to hold when things get tough. So this is myself encouraging you all to be more intentional about others and what they are going through. Stop focusing on yourself for a moment, and think about how much it means to you when someone truly cares about what it is that you are going through. Use it as a chance to point someone towards the cross, because in the end of the day that is where everything needs to be left.

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