One of the ministries that I am very blessed to get to participate in at our church is the women’s ministry. This is our missions statement:
Women’s Ministries at Grace Community Church
We desire to freely live a life of worship together, love sincerely and walk at all times in God’s truth. Our goal is to be women of noble character who encourage and support one another as we wholeheartedly serve the Lord in our families, church, and community. We strive to always be ready to give a gentle and respectful answer for the hope that is within us.
When I wrote this, there were three things that I kind of wanted to highlight, and you’ll see them bolded in the paragraph above. Love sincerely, encourage and support one another. We have to start there. Love sincerely, encourage and support one another.
Let’s break those three things down a little bit. If you know me, you know that I firmly believe that a definitely can go a long way in helping us to accurately look at something.
1st – Love sincerely. When I looked up “sincere” in the dictionary, this is what I got:
- Free of deceit, hypocrisy or falseness
- Genuine, real
- Pure, unmixed, unadulterated
Basically, what I get from that is to not be fake. Let’s not pretend to love someone but then talk about them and the things they are struggling with behind their backs. Free of hypocrisy was also an interesting one. We’re ALL struggling with something and if we really stopped to talk about it, we may even be struggling with the same things! Let’s not be hypocrites by allowing other people to think we have it all together.
2nd – Encourage one another. When I think of encourage, the first thing that I think of is just telling someone that they’re doing a good job; being complimentary. But when I looked it up in the dictionary, the first definition that popped up is:
- To inspire with courage, spirit or confidence.
When does one need courage? When they’re nervous and scared, right? Let’s cheer on the body of Christ and praise one another when we see each other using our gifts; that’s so important. But even more so, let’s be the kind of women who notice when someone is scared and encourage them to be brave. Being brave is a huge theme in serving God. I don’t like using absolutes but I would dare say that God NEVER calls us to do things that are only in our comfort zone. When we step outside of that and do the things that make us scared, that is when God is really glorified because we are so reliant on Him. If you see someone in our church doing something that scares them to death, encourage them. And then realize that YOU can be brave too!
3rd – Support one another. I think of all the words, this is the one that was the most “heavy”, if that makes sense. When I think of supporting my friends, I would basically just categorize that as the same as encourage. However, when I looked it up, this is what I found:
- to bear or hold; serve as a foundation for.
- to sustain or withstand pressure without giving way; serve as a prop for.
- to sustain (a person) under trial or affliction:
i.e.: They supported him throughout his ordeal.
- to maintain (a person, family, etc.) by supplying with things necessary to existence; provide for:
i.e.: to support a family.
While “encourage” is kind of the pep talk you give when someone needs to be brave, support is more the aftermath – being there when things don’t quite go as planned. Be the foundation or prop when someone might be ready to crumble, when they are under trial and affliction.
If you can focus on these three things, I really believe that you will see God at work in your ministry, your family and in your own life. Ask yourselves these questions to see how you’re doing.
- Do you love sincerely? Or do you sometimes tend to act one way to a person’s face while judging them behind their back, forgetting that we all struggle?
- Are you an encourager? Do you notice when someone is stepping out of their comfort zone and being brave?
- Are you part of someone else’s support system? Do you act as the foundation or prop when someone you love is on a bumpy road?