Normally when you read the phrase “it takes a village” you associate it with a child. There is nothing wrong with that as you’ve commonly heard “it takes a village to raise a child.” (As I scold Sweet Pea for getting more chips from her Nana when I told her it was time to go to bed! lol) Any way back to the point of this post for today. I want to take a different spin at this phrase and today turn the attention away from children and back on us…women.
As I told you last week I am in the midst of a shifting in the dynamics of my family. Again its in a good way, but before we see the greater good we have to weather through a few tests and trials first. So with that being said going through this process hasn’t been easy. Yes I know last week I was praising the fact that I have found Peace in the Process, but hey I’m human and sometimes my focus drifts away from that. The past couple of days have been hard days for me, most where I don’t even feel like getting out of bed. After tossing and turning all night, I just want don’t want to be bothered! Even still I have to push through and go about my day like nothing is wrong, or at least try to.
When having those moments, doesn’t it feel rewarding to know that someone cares. When you are trying to smile through your pain and someone can read straight through that and ask if everything is okay. Last week after Bible Study as I was walking to my car, another sister got out of her car and walked up to me with arms outstretched, a big smile on her face and gave me the biggest hug ever. She was just being the sweet person that she is, but she just doesn’t know how far that one small gesture really went. I don’t have a doubt in my mind that she was led by the Holy Spirit to approach me that night, just when I needed it the most. An unexpected act of kindness.
Have you ever had an encounter like that? On either end of the spectrum? Have you been led to encourage another sister, compliment her hair or something she has on, give her a call just to say hello, a simple gesture to just make another lady smile? Think about it for a minute. Think about how good it felt when someone did it to you, now think about how rewarding it will be when you offer the same to someone else. It could be your best friend or a a stranger in the store, it doesn’t matter. The point is that we need to make an extra effort to uplift one another, really be a willing vessel to step in during someone else’s time of need. Put your own feelings on hold to make someone else’s day. Yes it can be a challenge, especially when approaching a stranger, but consider if you may be the only beacon of light or the only example of Jesus that lady has experienced that day. If we are to build the Kingdom of God we have to go outside of our norm and expand the village we touch.
So today I encourage you to make it your mission to impart into another sister’s life, even if it is just a small act of kindness. Be watchful, take ‘self’ out of the equation, be sensitive to the Spirt, be obedient, and watch how the Lord blesses you in return.
Therefore encourage (admonish, exhort) one another and edify (strengthen and build up) one another, just as you are doing.~1 Thessalonians 5:11 AMP
Peace & Blessings,