So Peter and Grayson Schmidt’s wedding week ended with the most beautiful wedding and celebratory weekend! My best friend became Mrs. Schmidt, and oh what a beautiful bride she was! It was such a fabulous weekend! As I reflect on the weekend, I am overjoyed at how encouraging of an event it was. There was a pouring out of words of encouragement, advice, and love towards the bride and groom! This encouragement towards them was encouragement towards me! Though the whole weekend was about the Schmidt’s, it was also filled with words of praise towards each and every guest, member of the wedding party, and anyone that was involved. A celebration of such fabulous two people only unites guests that bring words of encouragement with their presence. This is what the world needs. An audience that builds people up, and that is what made this wedding weekend so special: a party of people that build each other up.
The past two years, I have lived with 4 other girls. The group of 4 has changed a few times over the past 2 years, and now there are only 3 of us because unfortunately Grayson doesn’t think Peter would like to room with us. They are moving to Huntsville! Anyways, a lot of the time when people hear this, they ask how I am able to live with so many other roomies. To a certain degree, I agree that 5 different people/perspectives/personalities seems hard to deal with day in and day out. I often begin to count this a blessing that we get along so well! As I reflect on how it is that we all continue to live so well together, I think about how each day with these girlies is filled with encouragement, love, advice, and wisdom. Each of us truly pour positive words
into each other, and this comes from the fact that from the bottom of our
hearts, we want each other to succeed in life every day.
In Luke 6:45, it says “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (NIV). Our heart’s desires come out in the words we say to each other. If we truly desire for the success of another person in our hearts, that will spring words of encouragement for the person to succeed. However, if we selfishly want another to fail, it will come out in our words whether in sarcasm or seriousness without even realizing. As harsh as that may sound, most do not even realize how connected their words and heart’s desires are. You may think no person truly and consciously wants in their heart for another to fail. However, most of the time this desire stems from the misunderstanding that our words to bring a person down means that we go up. This is the biggest lie, and one that people continuously believe only to the detriment of everyone. As I said in this post, another person’s success doesn’t take away from your success just as another person’s failure isn’t indicative of you succeeding. The world needs more of people focusing on being the best version of yourself while using positive words to encourage and cheer for others to succeed and be their best!
We have all already succeeded in life because we are children of God who has won every battle that we may face. Day in and day out we have won, and we are loved. The more we believe that, the more satisfied our hearts are, and the more we can begin to build each other up. Don’t let the selfish desire for success rule your heart. It will harden your heart and make your words harsh.
I pray that our hearts may soften towards each other. The more hardened our heart is, the more
everyone loses. We ALL need encouragement and love.