My friend, may I ask you a question? When we live lives aimed at making others feel encouraged, are friendships a ready byproduct. Think about it, when you applaud someone else, two people, not just one, do they both get a lift? That’s two for the price of one; a pretty good deal when you think about it?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Many years ago I looked out our kitchen window and caught my oldest daughter, who was just beginning to master jumping rope, practicing on the concrete in front of our garage. She would bite her lip and then she’d swing that rope around. At first she would get the rope caught in her pigtails and have to start over again. Finally, she got to the point where she’d at least get three or four revolutions before missing again. I remember getting out the old Super 8 movie camera, going outside and catching the whole thing on film. She’d try real hard in front of the camera and, even though she’d miss here and there, it didn’t matter. She had a cheering section in her Dad and that gave her the confidence to try.
As I applauded Sarah jumping, she got the encouragement and I got the enjoyment. Perhaps how God intended it to be?
Here’s a story: In the 1936 Olympics, in front of a partisan Nazi audience, American long jumper, Jesse Owens was hav- ing trouble qualifying for the long jump; despite the fact he held the record for the event, things were not going well. On his first jump he inadvertently fouled. Rattled, he fouled on his second attempt too. One, more foul and he’d be eliminated. At that point, Luz Long, a tall German introduced himself. “You should be able to qualify with your eyes closed!” he told Owens. Encouraged, Owens qualified easily. In the finals he sets an Olympic record and earned the second of four gold medals. Luz and Owens became fast friends. Later he wrote, “You could melt down all the medals I’ve won and they wouldn’t be a platting on the 24-carat friendship I felt for Luz Long.” (Source Unknown)
Irwin Federman wrote: “People love others not for who they are but for how they make us feel.” It’s a sad fact of life that we live by encouragement and die without it. Luz Long, in a moment of compassion, risked much in front of a Nazi audience to be an encourager. In that little moment, a friendship was born that lasted for years. When we live lives aimed at making others feel encouraged, friendships are a ready byproduct. Think about it, when you applaud someone else, two people, not just one, get a lift. That’s two for the price of one; a pretty good deal when you think about it.
We pray. Heavenly Father, teach us to love others the way You first loved us. As we build relationships with others, let them see You in the extent of our generosity, the authenticity of our kindness, and the depths of our love. All of those things are only possible through You, the God who abides with us and calls us friends. In Jesus name. Amen.
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