How thirsty is your soul?
For years, I dealt with many people who struggled with insecurities, depression, and a strong sense of condemnation. It is really difficult to break the thought cycle of collecting other people’s negative opinions about who they were. If left unchecked, they would then internalize a negative self-image, and eventually adopt false ideas of who they were.
Unfortunately, the church seemed to be the last resort for many of the thirsty souls. By the time they got to me, it would take months of praise and sincere compliments just to get them to a place where they would admit their life had value. It was like slowly nursing someone back to health from severe dehydration.
Like water, people need encouragement every day. No one ever gets to a place where they don’t need to be encouraged anymore. Yet today, we live in a desert of negative opinions, and dry and tasteless talk. People are so thirsty to be recognised and genuinely valued.
I am just as guilty as the next person, but many times we go through our entire without a single positive thought. I forget what the Lord has done already. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalms 103:2).
In Proverbs 25:25, we read, “Good news from far away is like cold water to the thirsty.” And the Apostle Paul writes, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
The Holy Spirit is calling us all out of our little safe zone, and asking us to start encouraging others. After we encourage others, the next best thing we can do is lead people directly to the Source, Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (John 4:13).
When Jesus places His Spirit in someone, it comes with a life-changing experience. It brings endless encouragement, love, acceptance, and comfort that quenches the most thirsty soul. It is an eternal waterfall of grace and mercy that soon flow out of that person and into the next. I imagine that’s the type of person that we are called to be. Someone who has the fountain of God, and it is bubbling over right now.
Let me encourage you to overflow your love on to those that are dry and weary. You can be used by the Lord to bring life and joy, and people need that today. You are a witness of grace because Jesus abides in you. So open up your heart today and share it.