Topic: A Greater Hunger
Scripture: So let us then definitely aim for and eagerly pursue what makes for harmony and for mutual upbuilding (edification and development) of one another. — Romans 14:19 (AMPC)
Mother Teresa said, “Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”
I have discovered that most of the people we meet in our everyday lives don’t have any idea how infinitely valuable they are as children of God. I think the devil works overtime to make people feel devalued and worthless, but we can reverse the effect of his lies by building others up and encouraging them. A great way to do this is with a sincere compliment, which is one of the most valuable gifts in this world.
Most people are quick to compare themselves with others, and in doing so, they often fail to see their own abilities and worth. Making another person feel valuable isn’t expensive, and doesn’t have to be time consuming. All we need to do is get ourselves off our minds long enough to think about someone else, and then find something encouraging to say. Appreciating another person won’t cost any money, but it gives them something worth more than anything money can buy—the power of knowing that they’re seen, needed and treasured. Offering a sincere compliment may seem like a small thing, but it can give someone tremendous strength.
I believe in having goals. As I was working with God to develop the good habit of encouraging others, I challenged myself to compliment at least three people each day. If you’re trying to grow in this area, maybe you can try something similar!
Prayer Starter: Father, please help me grow in speaking life to the people around me. Thank You for encouraging me so I can encourage others today. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Today’s Daily Devotional was culled from the book Trusting God Day by Day – by
Joyce Meyer Daily Devotional 4 September 2020 – Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce and her husband Dave have four grown children.