Just Because Encouragement Devotional

Just Because

Julia Bettencourt

Posted November 22, 2006


Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.  Proverbs 3:27


One of the best ways to encourage and motivate others involves being a blessing to them.  I was raised with a philosophy that we make "just because" moments happen for other people.

My dad was real good about doing things like that.  Out of the blue, he'd drop someone off a bag of green beans or tomatoes from the garden or when he'd fish, he'd sometimes show up on someone's doorstep with a mess of fish all scaled, cleaned, and ready to fry up in a pan or put in the freezer.

I know I've been the recipient of many wonderful just because moments and they were abundant blessings given to me straight from the Lord by way of a good friend or sometimes from people I didn't even know very well.  It's amazing how the Lord knows just when we need a just because moment to lift our spirits and motivate us in some way.

When I went into the hospital for diverticulitus, a lady from our church had given me a card with verses and poems written on some pages of notepaper she had enclosed.  At the time I just glanced at them because I wasn't feeling well.  A couple of weeks after I was home and recovering I went back and actually read through the cards I'd received while in the hospital.  This lady had taken the time to hand write out several poems and verses.

When I read through them, it was just what I needed at that very moment and I appreciated that she took the time to sit and hand write all of that out for me.  It was a wonderful just because moment for me to receive the blessing of encouragement that those shared words gave.

We ought to get a hold of making just because moments happen for other people.  If we can be a blessing to others, we need to be one.

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.  Proverbs 3:27.

Being a blessing doesn't even necessarily have to cost anything. Just spending time with someone can be a wonderful just because moment. Little things can mean so much to people. Praying for someone and then letting him or her know you did can just bless someone's heart.

Sometimes just an encouraging word or even a "hello" and a listening ear is all it takes to bless someone in a significant way.  We don't always know what's happening internally in someone's life and when we put out the effort to be a blessing and they are at that point where they really need some encouragement, it can make a big difference in their lives.

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!  Proverbs 15:23

I think sometimes we get so busy going about just doing that we forget the importance of doing for others.  We forget the importance that people are what really count in this life.  Being a blessing to other people is such a wonderful way to show the love of God flowing through us.

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 2:1-5



Conclusion:

I know it's easy to get so caught up in our own lives, that we forget those around us need encouragement.  I hope I can get a handle on this.  I hope the Lord will see fit to use me to make just because moments happen for others.

I'd like to strive to really be aware of other people's feelings and need for that lift of encouragement that we all desire from time to time.  I know I'm in need of that encouragement quite often.


So, when's the last time you made a "just because" moment happen for someone?

Copyright ©2006 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.
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