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Vieraskieliset / In-english

Blog: Do I need en­cou­ra­ge­ment?

Vieraskieliset / In-english
26.7.2016 19.44

"I have been re­a­ding yo­ur blog”, said a per­son I did not know who was on the same group trip. And she was not the on­ly one. I was hap­py about these new ac­qu­ain­tan­ces. It was en­cou­ra­ging to hear that pe­op­le read the texts that I so­me­ti­mes find qui­te pain­ful to pro­du­ce.

Some time ago I par­ti­ci­pa­ted in a dis­cus­si­on eve­ning for adults at our rau­ha­nyh­dis­tys. As an int­ro­duc­ti­on to dis­cus­si­on we he­ard a pre­sen­ta­ti­on tit­led En­cou­ra­ge each ot­her. A per­son par­ti­ci­pa­ting in the dis­cus­si­on men­ti­o­ned that the true-to-life blogs in on­li­ne Päi­vä­mies had brought sup­port and en­cou­ra­ge­ment in­to his of­ten lo­ne­ly eve­ry­day life.

Lis­te­ning to the dis­cus­si­on, I le­arnt that pe­op­le had re­cei­ved en­cou­ra­ge­ment in many dif­fe­rent ways. I was es­pe­ci­al­ly touc­hed by the speech of a per­son who had re­co­ve­red from se­ri­ous il­l­ness. She told us that vi­sits and gree­tings brought to her sick­bed had en­cou­ra­ged and ref­res­hed her. The mot­her of a big fa­mi­ly said that it was en­cou­ra­ging just to have so­me­o­ne in­qui­re about her and her fa­mi­ly. A per­son who had lost a dear one had been com­for­ted by ot­her pe­op­le’s ge­nui­ne and em­pat­he­tic pre­sen­ce and wil­ling­ness to lis­ten. En­cou­ra­ge­ment does not need to be exp­res­sed in ele­gant words.

I men­ti­o­ned the im­por­tan­ce of lis­te­ning. I of­ten reg­ret the fee­ling of “bu­sy­ness”, which pre­vents me from pro­per­ly stop­ping to lis­ten to a neigh­bor and to share his or her dai­ly life, wor­ries and joys. I am sure the cur­rent at­mosp­he­re that un­der­li­nes in­di­vi­du­a­li­ty and per­so­nal suc­cess cau­ses lo­ne­li­ness and men­tal ill fee­ling. It would the­re­fo­re be im­por­tant to re­al­ly stop by the side of a neigh­bor, to ask, to hear, to un­ders­tand, and to em­pat­hi­ze.

That dis­cus­si­on eve­ning al­so made me think about the sour­ces en­cou­ra­ge­ment and sup­port that I have had while li­ving in­de­pen­dent­ly for de­ca­des. Af­ter all, I have had to – or should I rat­her say, I have had the free­dom to – make in­de­pen­dent­ly the count­less de­ci­si­ons per­tai­ning to my life. Some de­ci­si­ons have been ea­sy to make, but for some ot­hers I have nee­ded help from my re­la­ti­ves and friends.

Be­fo­re re­ti­ring, I wor­ked among li­ve­ly tee­na­gers. I gu­ess there were ti­mes when I ago­ni­zed over how to gui­de those yo­ung pe­op­le who were gro­wing up and tes­ting the li­mits set by the aut­ho­ri­ties. I was of­ten em­po­we­red and en­cou­ra­ged when I met some of my old stu­dents. It was a joy to see that they had found their place in life and sui­tab­le jobs. I was hap­py for them. This gave me en­cou­ra­ge­ment and sup­port for my work.

I have been hap­py about my lar­ge circ­le of friends. My life has been rich, as I have been ab­le to glimp­se the dai­ly life and the fes­ti­ve mo­ments of my friends of many ages and li­ving in dif­fe­rent life si­tu­a­ti­ons. They have gi­ven me en­cou­ra­ge­ment when I have nee­ded it. I have sha­red with them both the joys and the wor­ries of my life. "Not­hing is a coin­ci­den­ce but part of God’s big plan. Wis­hing you God’s bles­sing and safe, hap­py days…”, I re­cent­ly read in an email mes­sa­ge by a dear friend.

Such en­cou­ra­ging words help me to con­ti­nue and to trust that my life and my fu­tu­re will be in the safe hands of our He­a­ven­ly Fat­her. Most of all, we need en­cou­ra­ge­ment on the road to he­a­ven. This cons­tant­ly chan­ging time that seems to be full of thre­ats and dan­gers ea­si­ly ma­kes us doubt. ”The­re­fo­re en­cou­ra­ge one anot­her and build one anot­her up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thess. 5:11).

Rai­li Lam­pe­la

Trans­la­ti­on: S.-L. Lei­no­nen

The blog post was pub­lis­hed in Fin­nish in on­li­ne Päi­vä­mies on 18 No­vem­ber 2015.


Jee­sus sa­noo: "Kun paas­to­at­te, äl­kää ol­ko syn­kän nä­köi­siä niin kuin te­ko­py­hät. He muut­ta­vat muo­ton­sa sur­ke­ak­si, jot­ta kaik­ki var­mas­ti huo­mai­si­vat hei­dän paas­to­a­van." Matt. 6:16

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