A Plan For Encouraging One Another (part 2)

See the good.

In part 1 of this series, we asked (and hopefully answered) the “who” questions.  What next?  Three simple words:  see the good.  All too often, we overly focus on the things we like the least in ourselves and in others.  I regularly meet with a guy, who, every time he comes into the office, he goes on and on about how bad of a person he is.  He’s on the “bottom of life” as some say. And sure, he has his problems.  Who doesn’t?

His biggest problem is that he just doesn’t see any good in himself.  Now, let’s be clear.  The Bible says that no one IS good except God alone (See Mark 10:18 or Luke 18:19).  That’s why we ALL need a savior, a sacrifice from the only one who IS good.  But, when we bring the language of “good” back down to our human paradigm, we can see some elements of goodness in everybody.  At a minimum, every person is created in the image of God, and certainly that is good.  Right?

Back to the man who doesn’t see any good in himself.  He’s actually a Christian, in relationship with the God who created him.  And, he loves his wife.  And, he loves his kids.  And, he has a soft heart of compassion for others.  And, he regularly serves others.  And, every time he comes in, I have to remind him of these things because he only sees his faults, and they haunt him.

What is good in you?  

As you reflect on the people in your answers to the “who” questions, what good is in them?  

Now that I’m at the end of this post, I feel like there are three more words that must be added. Speak the good.

Six simple words:  See the good.  Speak the good.

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