Last week at my church, my pastor shared a shocking statistic…
The average person demonstrates “brokenness” 27 times a day. Yes, 27!
Webster defines “broken” as not working properly.
I can see it now. Perhaps it’s a co-worker financially strapped with bills piling up and he gets stuck in traffic, forcing him to walk into an important meeting late and embarrassed. And before he left, he and his wife got into a heated argument, plus he forgot his wallet.
This is all before 9 AM.
You know how to get someone’s mind off their brokenness? Encourage them.
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
—1 Thessalonians 5:11
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Look, chances are that co-worker or friend won’t admit they are broken. We’re wired with pride. So today, encourage someone. They need it. Release them from “Brokenness Prison” for a few minutes by getting them a coffee or praising them. Take them out to lunch. Tell them a horrible knock-knock joke.
To take it a step further, ask them how you can pray for them. You might be surprised at how open they become with their “brokenness” and thankful they are for your encouragement.
Today is a good day to #RiseandHustle and encourage someone today.