We should always have an open heart and an understanding spirit when it
comes to helping those who are discouraged, frustrated and feel like they
should just give up. When we come before them offering our assistance, no
matter the problem before them, they will feel better because they will
see that somebody cares and wishes for their well-being. The Lord talks
about this many times throughout the Scriptures. He tells us to visit the
widows and the fatherless. I believe the Lord commanded us to visit
because He knows that there is healing power when we show our care and
love for those who are hurting and in need. (Philippians 2:2-7) (James 1:27)
We are to invest our time lifting up the downtrodden and encourage them to
know that it's not the end of the road for their life. As long as God has
given them breath, their mission is not yet fulfilled. We are to let them
know that they are here with a purpose and plan in mind that only they
have the power and ability to fulfill and bring to pass. Our encouraging
and affirming words can change lives, so you be encouraged and know that
ministering to that one in need can change their life and the lives that
they impact thereafter. You may be only one person, but you are mighty
when it comes to touching the world. (Psalm 74:21) (1 Peter 3:8-15)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to be one who only has an
encouraging word to give to those who are facing hardships in their life.
By speaking the language of love and encouragement, we will impact our
world mightily where multitudes will be changed for the better.
LEARN TO SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE
A woman was explaining her theory of putting her children to bed: “I never
tell bedtime stories that begin with 'Once upon a time,'” she said. “If I
really want to put them to sleep, I start off with, 'Now, when I was your
age...'” It's nice to understand people so well that we know just what to
say! Here is a mother who could speak her children's language.
The story is told of the most famous elephant in the world -- a huge,
beautiful and gentle beast named Bozo. Children extended open palms filled
with peanuts for the Indian elephant, who gently plucked them from little
hands and seemed to smile as he ate his treats.
But one day, for some inexplicable reason, Bozo changed. He almost
stampeded the man who cleaned his cage. He charged children at the circus
and became incorrigible. His owner knew he would have to destroy the
In order to raise money for a new elephant, the circus owner held a cruel
exhibition. He sold tickets to witness Bozo's execution and, on the
appointed day, his arena was packed. Three men with high-powered rifles
rose to take aim at the great beast's head.
Just before the signal was given to shoot, a little, stubby man in a brown
hat stepped out of the crowd and said to the elephant's owner, “Sir, this
is not necessary. Bozo is not a bad elephant.”
“But he is,” the man argued. “We must kill him before he kills someone.”
“Sir, give me two minutes alone in his cage,” the visitor pleaded, “and
I'll prove to you that you are wrong. He is not a bad elephant.”
After a few more moments of discussion (and a written statement absolving
the circus of liability if the man should be injured), the keeper finally
agreed to allow the man inside Bozo's cage. The man removed his brown
derby and entered the cage of the bellowing and trumpeting beast.
Before the elephant could charge, the man began to speak to him. Bozo
seemed to immediately quiet down upon hearing the man's words. Nearby
spectators could also hear the man, but they could not understand him, for
he spoke a foreign language. Soon the great animal began to tremble, whine
and throw his head about. Then the stranger walked up to Bozo and stroked
his trunk. The great elephant tenderly wrapped his trunk around the man,
lifted him up and carried him around his cage before carefully depositing
him back at the door. Everyone applauded.
As the cage door closed behind him, the man said to Bozo's keeper, “You
see, he is a good elephant. His problem is that he is an Indian elephant
and understands one language.” He explained that Bozo was frustrated and
confused. He needed someone who could speak his language. “I suggest, sir,
that you find someone in London to come in occasionally and talk to the
elephant. If you do, you'll have no problems.”
The man picked up his brown derby and walked away. It was at that time
that the circus owner looked carefully at the signature on the paper he
held in his hand -- the note absolving the circus of responsibility in the
case he was injured inside the elephant's cage. The statement was signed
by Rudyard Kipling.
People also become frustrated and angry when they are not understood. But
great relationships are formed by parents who learn to speak their
children's language; lovers who speak each other's language; professionals
who speak the language of their staff and clients. When people understand
that You understand, that you empathize with their heartaches and
understand their problems, then you are speaking their language! It is the
beginning of true communication.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 1:22-25 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is
like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth
himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man
he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man
shall be blessed in his deed.”
Galatians 5:13-14 “For brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use
not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love
thy neighbour as thyself.”
Colossians 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord,
and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of
the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong
shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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