While we shouldn’t categorize people too rigidly, at times I do.
Mark Batterson does it, too, in In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day.
He uses these two categories for our relationships with God: Complainers and Worshipers.
But for horizontal relationships, I often use Complainers and Encouragers.
I notice the difference the most when I need encouragement myself. In those times, I’m often surprised by who excels at giving encouragement. And who doesn’t.
So now whenever I’m most aware of needing encouragement, I know who I need to hang around for positive, spiritual encouragement. And who to avoid. It makes a difference.
But in which category do I place myself? Both. Ugh. I don’t want to be a complainer, but I know sometimes I am. It’s ugly. A bitter edge is never attractive.
Perhaps the best way to succeed in becoming an encourager to others is to also become more of a worshiper of God. Success in one flows down to success in the other.
Worshiping and encouraging are both beautiful ways to live.
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Are you more of a complainer or an encourager? Who encourages you most in your life? Please share in the comments.
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