Tim and I took a trip last week to celebrate our 30th anniversary. It is really sad but we just couldn’t decide where to go or what to do. The thought of spending money just drives us crazy. Finally, my brother (the doctor) pushed us into going on a trip to San Diego. He and His wife had taken a trip there and really enjoyed it. He said you have saved the money spend it and enjoy yourself. Well, we bit the bullet, booked the tickets and headed down the road.
The weather was fantastic, the hotel was super fancy, and the beach was awesome. Every time I spent money I would send my brother a text “spending money now”. I know I probably drove him crazy but for some reason it made me feel better. I guess it made me feel better like someone was giving me permission to spend my own money. He was very encouraging. By the end of the week I didn’t feel bad at all about pulling out the old wallet. Now, Tim on the other hand, is still having heart palpitations over the whole thing. He breaks out in a sweat anytime he hears someone say will this be cash or charge. I have never met anyone as tight (cheap) as he is… accept maybe me.
Anyway, as I thought about our week I realized without the encouragement we would have missed the whole thing and maybe put it off until our 40th anniversary. (By that time I hope to be living in the retirement village and riding the bus on trips) You know in real life we all need a little push here and there. It is great to have people around us who know our weaknesses and love us enough to push us down the road. I am glad that God has put people like that in my life.
Have you had anyone encourage you? This week look for chances to be an encouragement to someone.
1Th 5:11 “Therefore, encourage each other and strengthen one another as you are doing.”
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