I received an unexpected note this past week from my friend Kevin. We served together on the men’s ministry team at our church where I have taught a 24-week class on God’s call for a man, what it means to become a godly man, and what it means to be a husband and father.
His note was simple and kind. In it he mentioned that he knew this Father’s Day would be difficult for me, not because it’s my first as a father but because it’s my first without my father.
Many of you know I lost both my mom and dad around this time last year within 8 weeks of each other. That was hard. And throughout this past year, the journey of grief has had it’s ups and downs to be sure.
But while I appreciated what Kevin wrote, what I found most encouraging about his note was that he remembered. Not only did he remember, but with everything going on in his busy world, he took the time to write a brief note to encourage me by his words and prayers on my behalf.
Let me tell you, that stuff matters. Thanks, Kevin. I needed that reminder too.
The challenging question for me (and you too) is this: Will we take the time to remember and then move? By doing so, we can become the voice of God as we encourage others along the way in their journey through life’s struggles.
If we put this into regular practice, just imagine what kind of an encouraging community we could become. We might even begin an epidemic of encouragement!
So how about it? Do you have a “Kevin” in your life who has encouraged you? Share your story here with all of us so we can be encouraged and inspired together. Let’s see what God can do in and through us when we remember and move.