I'm a big fan of encouragement. I want to be an encouragement to others, and I love when others are encouraging to me. There is a passage in the Bible about women encouraging other women, and it goes like this: "Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to too much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may ENCOURAGE the young women..." Titus 2:3-4
When we studied this passage in our women's study group, our first question was an obvious one. Who is an 'older', and who is a 'younger'? Am I the encourager, or the encouragee? Well, since most of us are not the oldest woman in the group or the youngest woman in the group, we fall in the middle. So, we're both.
Our Beautiful Photographers, Faith and Aubrianah, are young women. They have been blessed by the encouragement of older women. Twenty-year-old women and sixty-year-old women, and women younger than twenty and older than sixty have taken Titus 2 to heart and been an encouragement to our girls. But does that make Faith and Aubrianah 'youngers'? Not always!
Natalie here is a Beautiful Girl. She is compassionate, she is sensitive, she's fun to be around, and she's thoughtful. And she needs encouragement, just like the rest of us. To her, Faith and Aubrianah are 'olders'! Oh what an opportunity they have to be a blessing to Natalie and the other girls who are Natalie's age, and they have taken that opportunity when they have seen it.
How about you? Are you a woman who has been frustrated by the lack of encouragement you've received? Are you laying all the responsibility onto the older women's shoulders? Oh, how I hope not...but if you have, I challenge you to look at the other side. Is there a younger woman YOU can be a blessing to by encouraging her? Blessings tend to multiply, so give it a try!