I ran into two women from my home church this weekend. One of them I saw at Sweetwater on a beautiful Saturday afternoon and the other I saw after church on Sunday. These two women have known me for a long time as we’ve all been members of Roswell Presbyterian for about 20 years. One woman was an adult chaperone for a mission trip to Honduras. The other was my Sunday school teacher and a very involved parent since one of her sons was just a year below me. These two women have always been influential to me now that I look back on the extent of our relationships. I think it’s because it is quite evident that God’s spirit fills them and gives them so much energy. But, it is also because they just love life.
On both occasions we caught up about our most recent life adventures and experiences. I was able to share with them briefly about sport ministry and team chaplaincy and how I’ve felt a “calling” to at least explore the field. Both women had very similar responses. They looked at me, shook their heads, and just smiled a smile of genuine care and understanding. The only things that differed between their responses were their words. But at those moments what meant the most to me wasn’t what I was hearing. It was what I was feeling and seeing. In their faces I saw encouragement. In their faces I felt content. In their faces I was empowered to continue seeking what I’m currently seeking.
So here is my challenge to you. Be supportive and give strength to others. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter if words are even used. That feeling goes a long way…
“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11