What’s the Ultimate in Encouragement?

Ahhh, inspiration! Do you like to know what to do in every situation, with clarity and quick thinking? Would you like to have a fresh perspective and motivation whenever you really need it? Yes, that would feel so good! I’m inspired when I’m equipped with ideas, plans and the energy to carry them out.

But sometimes life just isn’t like that and I’m at a loss to know what to do. We all face things we’re simply not prepared for in life. Or often we just drift along, we’re bored, or we’re very tired. There are scary times when we can’t see the way ahead no matter how hard we try. What’s inspiring or encouraging at points like these?

The times when I most need encouragement and really lack inspiration are when I feel heavy, weighed down by burdens, bogged down by concerns, or beat down by circumstances. I like to see clearly and know what to do, but when I’m too low that I can’t, it’s hard to be inspired. I need a lift.

Here’s what I think is the ultimate in encouragement, and a hefty lift for a heavy heart:

You don’t have to see or know perfectly. It’s not all up to you. You don’t have to have all the answers! Just take one step at a time. Do the next thing you know to do, however small it may seem. 

I know, that’s hard for some of you to hear, and in our independent, self-sufficient society it’s certainly not a common message we hear. But I don’t know about you, but so often that’s exactly what I need to hear. It’s the ultimate encouragement to me. I need exactly that little lift, an inspirational shift in my perspective, to feel I can carry on even when the fog is thick and the road ahead is hard to spot. Even when I feel unsure of myself, I make a mistake or mess up big, I can keep going. Why?

What’s the truth behind this? The fact that God exists, God cares, and He designed you to go to Him and depend on Him. You were never meant to go it alone! Because He is God, He has the power to lift your burden, to clean out your heart and mind, to lighten and light your way and each step you take. He wants to give you hope, discernment and wisdom.

The loving thing about a gracious God is that He wants us to succeed but never expects us to alone. Jesus himself did say, “I am the way, the truth and the light.” –John 14:6. Place your trust in Him, and He will walk right along with you when you need it most. What an encouraging, personal God!

♥ Action Step: Pray to God today and ask Him to forgive you for your mistakes, to take the heaviness and burdens from you, and to guide you no matter where you are. Ask Him for the ultimate in encouragement, inspiration and wisdom in your current circumstances, in Jesus’ name. Then watch, listen and take that next step!

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. -James 1:5-6

“‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked. “‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’ -Acts 22:10