Encouraging Each Other

I’m writing over at The Glorious Table today. Here’s a preview:

Every week I organize our family’s vitamins and medicine in pillboxes according to each member’s health needs. The process isn’t labor intensive, but I don’t delegate it because it’s important to me that everyone has the resources they need to stay healthy.

Yet almost every day the same scene plays out in our home. A child is coughing and sneezing. The child starts sniffing—loudly. Then I ask, “Did you take your allergy medicine today?”

I don’t have to be in the same room anymore to know that, when prompted, my sons then get up and take their allergy medicine. But the craziest thing is that they can cough and sniffle for hours until I ask that question. They rarely take the step to care for their own needs without prompting.

I could excuse my sons’ choices as teenage forgetfulness, but I can’t help but consider how similar my actions are when it comes to daily life choices.

  • How many times have I confessed to a friend how fearful I am about something only to have them ask, “Have you prayed about this?”, and then realize I’ve not yet paused to pray?
  • How many times have I opened my Bible study homework and realized I haven’t read my Bible since last week’s homework was due?
  • How often does a conflict arise in one of my relationships because of a lack of tending and care?
  • What about my personal health? Am I as disciplined about what I eat when my clothes fit comfortably as when my tighter jeans push me to walk a few extra minutes on the treadmill?

The reality is sometimes we need an outside influence to remind us we have the tools we need—sitting right in front of us—to improve our lives. We don’t have to walk through life coughing and sneezing, and we don’t have to live in fear.

Head to The Glorious Table to read the rest.