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“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up” (Romans 15:1, 2).
“It’s taken me so long to learn some wisdom, and now nobody wants to hear it!” a woman laughed.
We’d been talking about our grown children and how to communicate with them. We concluded, that, although they want our support, they don’t necessarily want our advice. On the contrary, we might get the response, “You just don’t understand.”
So how can we best help our grown children? By being encouragers!
Isn’t that what most of us want? Somebody who will believe in us, hear us when we’re hurting, and cheer us on when we’re running the race.
How I thank God for people who encouraged me when life was tough. Like Mr. and Mrs. Ed Turner, both in their nineties. Whenever I felt discouraged, I knew I could go to this couple’s home. Mrs. Turner would serve me a cup of tea and Mr. Turner would position himself so as to hear me better. I had one hour in which I could unburden myself. Then he’d say, “We’ve heard enough now, Helen. Let’s take it to the Father.”
He prayed a most heartfelt prayer. Sometimes, he’d give me a Scripture to hang onto like the following: “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 62:5, 6).
His parting words to me would be: “Now leave it with God, Helen. He’s perfectly able to take care of this for you.” Come to think of it, Mr. Turner gave me very little advice. Perhaps he’d learned the wisdom of when to be quiet. Like the Bible says, “A man’s wisdom gives him patience…” (Proverbs 19:11 NIV).
Father, I thank you that You are working in our children’s lives. Help me to have the wisdom of patience the Bible speaks about.
Questions: How can you encourage your grown children today? How can you build someone up in the faith? Perhaps a neighbor or a friend or a perfect stranger.
About the Author Helen Grace Lescheid
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