Listening to: The River Empires
Playing: Pokemon Heart Gold
Drinking: Grape Juice
"Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially no that the day of his coming back again is drawing near." Hebrews 11:24-25.
Do you ever find it hard to be positive, to be uplifting and to be encouraged. Something interesting about an art school is you need to learn humility, honesty, and encouragement. In high school, when you turned in a paper, the teacher graded it an gave it back. The only eyes that saw your work was the teachers. My school has the teachers and the students look at the work together so that it can be critiqued. If you are being critiqued, you need to be able to take negative comments on the cheek and move on and try to better yourself. If you are the one critiquing, you need to be honest with the person to help them, but you also want to be encouraging. You don't simply say "This part of your piece looks really bad." You might say instead "This part right here might need a little work. You're almost there, maybe you could try this."
There are a couple teachers that I have had here and I must say that they really do understand this matter of encouraging others. Just the other week I was very discouraged with one of the projects and kept praying that God would encourage me with the project. The next class I had with that my professor says, "Don't get discouraged, if you're lost, that's good. Right now is a great time for that." It made me feel better. It wasn't like he said try again or keep working on it. He said "Don't get discouraged" which was precisely what I was the previous class.
Now I know that a lot of the people I go to school with are not believers in God and I don't look down on them for that. But I do know that some of them have learned how to encourage others a lot more than some followers of the Lord. In no way am I saying that God's people are perfect, because we aren't.
I had another discouraging moment in class last week where a piece I was creating was criticized by one individual for not being plausible. The second after that was said, two others stood up for the piece I was working on because the idea could fit inside the game world. These two individuals I have known over the years here and they have always been two of the most encouraging people I know. They will critique you if you ask, but they will always offer a solution to make it better.
Sometimes when we've had a bad day, all we'd like to hear is a little encouragement. If you see someone having a bad day or a frustrating time, maybe going and giving them a little encouragement will help them along. Sometimes, it really brightens the day to have someone give you a good word. God may plant a seed in that person because of the encouraging words you spoke. Encouragement is something that can keep us going, even when times look tough. So encourage your brothers and sisters so that they might see the love of Christ.