What’s up?! I don’t know about y’all, but I am SO STOKED on life right now. The ways that God has been moving in my life lately have begun to become more and more evident. It’s incredible to sit and just think about how He moves in our lives; every single little detail is orchestrated by Him and the beauty of how intentional everything He does is just baffling.
But anyway, that is totally not what I was planning on writing this about. As I’m sitting here with my almond milk latte, listening to the beats of Ophelia in one of my most-frequented coffee shops, I again feel inspired. Earlier today I had ran into (not actually but you know what I mean) my math professor. She is one of the sweetest people I’ve met who genuinely cares for the well-being of her students. I said hello, as most people would, and we began a little conversation. As a concurrent student it is sometimes challenging to get in the groove of the “college life” because I still live with my parents, haven’t even received my high school diploma, and I’m not particularly involved in the student happenings. But, nonetheless, she pours into me.
She approaches every conversation and every interaction we have with purposeful positivity. Before our conversation ended she said, “You’re doing great – you really are. And your energy is great, keep all that up!” What she said was simple but three days in and the second week of class it’s hard to maintain the original excitement. My classes aren’t challenging so far and I actually enjoy going to all of them but it’s still school. I’m inside most of the day and I don’t get to enjoy the beautiful weather that Colorado gifts me. However, the reason that I enjoy all of my classes is because every single one of my professors pour into me. Each in their own ways, but they still pour into me. By pour into me, I mean that they intentionally bestow things upon me that build me up and help me to develop into the kind of student that is admirable in both their academic achievements, as well as in life. Without their very intentional encouragements, it’s hard to maintain a focused ambition of productive learning.
It’s important, I’ve recognized, to pour into one another. It’s important to build one another up and inspire one another to accomplish what we know they’re capable of accomplishing. My professors pour into me, my pastors, my parents, my siblings, and all of my friends pour into me. They approach our interactions with love and I can’t even begin to express to you the magnitude of that. They all encourage me throughout my walk of life and help me to be a light for the Lord (whether they know that’s what their positivity influences, or not). They inspire me to grow into the woman that God so purposefully planned and help me to develop a like-minded attitude in my own life.
But, it’s a chain reaction. They pour into me, I pour into others. I pour into others, they pour into even more people. It’s incredible and it literally does SO MUCH GOOD. Go out there and encourage one another, build one another up, POUR INTO each others’ hearts and initiate that chain reaction in your own circles. Imagine the impact you’ll make, especially if you accompany that encouragement with God’s love. Y’all, you’re going to move mountains.
“As a prisoner of the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” -Ephesians 4:1-3 NIV
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” -Romans 12:9-11 NIV
“We remember before our God and our Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” -1 Thessalonians 1:3 NIV
“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” -1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 NIV
“BibleGateway.” Hebrews 12:28-29 NKJV. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Sept. 2016.