Who have Gave You The Right?
An old associate used to say, using a bit of a sanctimonious grin, “God has provided me the religious gift of frustration. ” And while frustration was certainly no work gift, it was definitely a well-established design. He seemed to take delight in finding ways to rain on every parade, to temper every joy, in order to twist the blade in every wound. As well as for some reason he took pride in this as if it was an art to practice, a virtue to pursue, a present to embrace.
The fact is, though, we have no need of any kind of spiritual gift associated with discouragement for life has already been plenty discouraging enough. There is no need for a humidifier in the heat of a Toronto summer when the air is already saturated with moisture. And in much the same way, there is no need for the ministry of discouragement in this world of woe, for it is already nearly fully-saturated with tremendous grief, shame, sorrow, plus temptation. Discouragement is as natural to this broken world as are increasing floods and growing flames.
The sanctified instinct of the Christian heart must not be to dis bravery but to en courage, not to further demoralize other people but to give them power, to give them heart, to give them bravery. It is no virtue to add to the weight others bear, but to come alongside them to discuss the heavy burdens they are already transporting. God has not known as us to deteriorate their knees yet to strengthen all of them, not to lower their particular hands but to help raise them, not to give them reason in order to mourn but to dry their already-crying eyes.
Therefore friend, who provided you the right to decrease that brother or even sister? Who offered you the right to involve them in some controversy that does not concern them or some dispute that does not involve them? Who gave you the right to share gossip that will brew within their minds and difficulty their hearts? Who seem to gave you the directly to sap the little power they had gained, to pick at the wound that will had only just started to heal, in order to drain the valuable reserves of their waning energy? Who offered you the right to take those wind out of their sails, the peacefulness out of their minds, the joy from their hearts?
Each of us provides every right to create other people’s tips lighter, to add brighten to their hearts, to add rest to their souls. But none of us has any right to unnecessarily discourage them, to burden all of them, to add to their sadness. Rather, each of us should join ourself to the sacred ministry of encouragement through which we help them to rejoice in all that is true and professional and just, help them to celebrate all that will be pure and lovely and commendable, assist them to give nice all that is excellent, and help them to recognize any and everything that is worthy of praise. This is the ministry which will heal the bruised reed rather than split it, that will stoke the smoldering wick rather than quench it. This is the ministry that will do such great to others plus bring such glory to God.