People in pursuit of goals / improvement, whether physical or mental, often engage rigorously in training. Undertaking activities that they won’t ever actually do (lifting barbells, memorising verb conjugations etc), in order to enhance their ability to perform activities that they will actually do (play sport, or speak a foreign language).
We engaged in a brutal training session at a church leadership session last night. We had a row of people, and one by one we had 60 seconds with each of them to share a prophetic word or encouragement. Some people we knew well, others less so. It was hard and draining – again and again standing in front of someone asking the Lord to speak through you – 15 times in 15 minutes.
It ‘worked’ – i.e. the people receiving were actually encouraged. But the real idea was to build our ability to encourage people in whatever time, (whether 30 seconds or three hours), we have with someone, (stranger or friend).
Training. Specific activities designed to increase our ability to hear from the Lord and encourage others. Make you sweat a little. Growing to be a more encouraging person.
Because how else is it actually going to happen? You gonna be zapped by the encouragement lightning bolt walking down the street one day?
“Train yourself to be godly. Physical training has some value, but godliness has value in all things”