NOTE TO SELF: Even in our own Christian communities we can hurt or wound a beautiful spirit with harsh criticism, religiousness, or lack of concern. God commands us instead to keep “other’s” spirits up, not just our own. We need to build one another up, not tear each other down, otherwise we risk being at fault for them falling behind, or worse yet, dropping out of the race entirely. Like a runner in a long marathon, we need to be on the sidelines cheering our brothers and sisters on to the finish line, believing in them, encouraging them, and applauding them in their efforts to make it to the end.
PRAYER: Jesus, help us to be good to one another, with pure intentions and motives. Build up our own spirits, Lord, so we can keep other’s spirit’s up, too. Lift up our brothers and sisters who have fallen behind or dropped out because of our lack of loving concern or Godly encouragement. We earnestly pray that they will join the race again and we can cheer them along the way. Amen.
JOURNAL: Write a list of ten ways you can lift someone’s spirits. (If you’re lacking ideas, my friend Marie Wikle, from Spreading Joy, Inc. has put together a book, Spreading Joy Daily.) After writing how YOU can lift someone’s spirits, list the ways that you want or need to be lifted up from time to time, too. If you’re feeling bold enough, share it with your spouse, best friend or close family member.