Thursday, May 17, 2012

Encourage One Another

“I’m going to miss you teaching us, Mrs. Fleiss.”

Monday will be the last day of my six-week, junior high history unit. One of my students wrote those kind words in a short e-mail to me. I work hard at teaching. I strive to create a loving environment where we all grow, learn, and wrestle with the topics together. I stay up late, spend hours on my computer, pray a lot…His word of appreciation eased my load, added to my joy.

He’s not a writer, but in that short e-mail, he had a writing ministry.

I’ve been thinking about how to look at writing as an opportunity to serve, aside from the obvious ways (like selling millions of Christ-centered books). It occurred to me one way to honor God in this passion of mine is to encourage others on the same road. 

Our profession is an isolated one. We often sit and stare at words on a screen for more hours than those dear to us. Yet, our hearts, souls, and great desires are mixed up in this work we love—the work of words. How can we push through the isolation? The anxieties and triumphs?

Like my student-friend’s thoughtful note, a short word of encouragement in an e-mail to a writing friend, a blog comment (hint hint), or even a “like” on Facebook can help lift the loneliness of writing. And when I reach out to hold up a friend, my load gets a little lighter--and joyful--too. 

I need to do better at this. Do you? 

Thank You, Lord, for your kindness to me. Help me to share it with my writing friends. 

So ... bless each of you who reads this. Remember the great love our Father has for you and rest in that love. Your dreams and desires are in His hands. He knows them and he knows your disappointment and fear. He is intimately acquainted with all your ways--and carries you through every path. Even when you fail and fall, his grace remains. 




  1. What an encouragement, O! It is so hard to work and work at something when we don't see immediate results. But, we never know how God will use one little word to minister to someone else.

    "By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything." 1 John 3:19-20

    Thank you so much for your ministry of encouragement!

    1. Thanks, Angie. And thanks for sharing that beautiful verse!

  2. Ocieanna, I loved this. Thank you. And how wonderful that we can encourage each other with the very way he chose to encourage us-- through His word!

  3. This reminded me of a verse from Genesis: we are blessed to be a blessing.

    1. Thank you. Yes, that's a perfect verse.


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