We’ve heard it before, “New Year, new me!” LOL. Five days into January, many of us will realize it’s still the same ‘me’.
But there’s still something about reining in the ‘New Year’ that motivates us to make a change—to progress as individuals. Even if we’ve failed in all of our past New Year’s resolutions, January 1st still tempts us to be better.
But what if we saw January 1st as means to help the ones we love be better—to help them become what they dream of becoming. Instead of trying to motivate ourselves—which we usually fail at—we could strive to be motivators. After all, it reciprocates.
There’s a book I’ve been meaning to read for the past 10 years titled, Love Languages. Apparently, it’s about how to show the people you love, that they’re loved. We’re often perplexed when a loved one doesn’t appreciate something we’ve done for them. The reason is, we’re doing for them what we would love for ourselves. For example, if I bought my wife an XBOX with FIFA 15, she wouldn’t really appreciate that. I gave her what I wanted.
But one thing that we all want and need is encouragement.
A popular saying goes, “Behind every great man, is a great woman.” Vice versa. Nothing we achieve is done alone—no one pulls him/herself up with his/her own bootstraps—at the very core, we have our Father in heaven.
We need at the very least, acts of love around us.
This New Year I hope to be an encourager—one who encourages my wife, my family, and my friends to fulfill their goals in 2015. I encourage you to be one also.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29