This morning at our weekly FCA Huddle at the local high school, I had the opportunity to share with our students about choosing our words wisely. Over the years, Erin and I have had some great kids in our Huddles. Kids that we think the world of, but we have noticed a major issue. Quite often these great kids who love the Lord, when put in a group, just aren’t nice to one another. Whether it be biting sarcasm, name calling, or just picking at each other they don’t always treat each other well. Don’t get me wrong, we know they like and care for each other, but still there words don’t often reflect a Christ-like love for each other.
So, this morning I shared with the kids about how we need to be encouragers. Encouraging literally means to put courage into. Too often we as Christians are discouragers at our biting words and bitter sarcasm take courage from our brothers and sisters in Christ. Instead of lifting them up to be bold for Christ or to make it through struggles of self-doubt and low self-esteem we, often unintentionally, add to the negative feelings that are holding them back. I challenged our students this morning to speak words of Life and encouragement to their brothers and sisters in Christ this year. To go out of their way to make others feel loved and encouraged to do great things for Christ. This is how I want my life to be lived, my students to be lived and I pray yours too!