Throwing the Anchor

A few years ago, we were on a family vacation and I decided to go out early one morning for a canoe adventure into the middle of a pretty big lake.  It was great because I was completely alone –  not a another soul around.  Some rogue waves took me completely by surprise and the canoe ended up capsizing.  So after wearing myself out trying to right the canoe without it filling back up with water, I didn’t have any choice but to swim to shore pushing the canoe.  After swimming for an eternity, a boat started out from shore because they had spotted me.

Imagine if they had thrown me an anchor instead of a life-preserver.  The person throwing the anchor really wouldn’t have been in touch with my immediate needs, instead they would have been consumed with their own issues.  That’s what we’re like when we fail to encourage people throughout the day.

When we continually talk about ourselves and what we’re involved in and how we’re trying to solve our own problems, we push out the opportunity to listen to others.  We get so caught up in ourselves that we forget that others need to be built up.  Today you will either be a “+” or a “-” in someone’s life.  Add to others, don’t subtract from them.

I’ve committed to be more intentional in encouraging others and building others up.  Not for the sake of flattery, but because people really need it.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.   ~Philippians 4:8

Challenge:  Make it a priority to encourage one person today.  Publicly or privately praise someone.  It won’t happen if you’re not intentional about it.

If you see #phil48 on my Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know what it means.


2 Responses to “Throwing the Anchor”

  1. Great analogy, David! Might have to use it with the boys to illustrate Eph. 4:29 “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.” 🙂 Thanks for sharing your heart.
    Give Bethany a hug for ME 🙂

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