Q: Need Roadside Assistance?

Encouragement, Faith

A: Call 511

In the U.S. and Canada 5-1-1 is a non-emergency roadside assistance, road weather and traffic information telephone hot-line.

Jesus is my 511

What the heck does that mean?

Whenever I need encouragement, I know can count on Him! I am on a journey, and often hit bumps in the road! Don’t we all?

A long time time ago I got a little card (as a gift from a friend) that had my name on one side, with the origin of my name, meaning, etc; and on the other side it had: 1 Thessalonians 5:11 . I kept that card stuck to my bathroom mirror for many years (about 15) until it started to disintegrate. It didn’t take long to memorize that verse and eventually I forgot the little card was there.  The card has been long gone now and I find myself referring back to that verse a lot! I find myself thinking, “Jesus is my 511”.

But, truth is, what has helped me more than anything is abiding by this verse (1 Thessalonians 5:11) “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” This was in a letter Paul wrote to the new Thessalonian believers who had so many questions for him. When you get a chance, read the whole chapter. It still applies to new believers now and will refresh and encourage seasoned believers. It’s really quite beautiful in my opinion.

When I encourage someone else, it takes my focus off of myself. Building others up is what God wants us to do. And it feels so good. So, when I am having a rough time with something, it helps me to focus on how I can encourage somebody else in that regard. In turn, it encourages me too. Sometimes, I think, we get so caught up in our own minds, about all the nonsense in our lives, we forget others.

I’m still working on the act of being encouraging to others. I think many of us shy away from reaching out, because it puts us in a vulnerable spot. What if we are rejected? What if we are misunderstood? What about the responsibility of possibly making an impact on some one else’s life? Yikes! Lot’s of “What ifs…”

“When God puts love and compassion in your heart toward someone, He’s offering you an opportunity to make a difference in that person’s life. You must learn to follow that love. Don’t ignore it. Act on it. Somebody needs what you have.” – Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now

For me, that goes hand in hand with being vulnerable. Vulnerability is something I’m trying to embrace. It’s so hard sometimes!

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” – Brene Brown, Daring Greatly

Wasn’t Jesus rejected and misunderstood? Didn’t He take full responsibility in His role for us, because of His great love for us?

For now, sometimes I can only muster up a hug or smile when I see someone in need. I’m working on stepping out of my shy little comfort zone. I definitely want greater clarity in my purpose. I hope you will walk this journey with me.

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