Encourage Each Other

OK – Confession time.  Marsha and I are in love…with award shows!  From the Oscars to the Grammy’s to the Tony’s and all 42 country music award shows in between, we love to watch them all.  It’s so bad, we will even print off the official ballot and choose who we think will win.  She usually makes the right picks.  So it wasn’t surprising that on Sunday night we sat in front of the TV watching the Tony’s.  The music, the costumes, the acceptance speeches were all amazing!  Then I noticed something that I had never really seen before.  When a winner was announced, everyone nominated in the category was generally excited for the winner.  At times, people would leap over aisles to give a handshake or a hug.  There were those who jumped to their feet whistling and clapping for the person taking home the award.  There were nods of encouragement and smiles from ear to ear.  These weren’t people who came to support the winner, this was the competition – the other actors nominated in the same category.  It was enough to cause me to still consider this behavior two days later.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’m sure there was disappointment.  As human beings, no one wants to walk away empty handed; to be considered a loser.  It feels good to win.  We would rather be hoisted up on the shoulders of our teammates rather then being left to sulk on the bench.  But on this night, I didn’t see any sulking.  It was almost like each person in every category would have carried the other on their shoulders to the stage and stood by like a proud mom or dad as the winner gave their acceptance speech.  There was less competition and more comradery as they continually encouraged each other to build each other up; just as instructed (1 Thessalonians 5:11).

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