“Weather should provide our background, not our attitude.” A statement that has a lot of truth to it, let’s even say it’s “right on.”
As much as we would like to adapt this statement and others like it to our lives and thinking, it just doesn’t happen as much as we’d like it to. This and other one-liners, call them clichés if you want, are easily said, but difficult to apply.
What is said for encouragement and inspiration can have the opposite effect…frustration and discouragement. Rhetoric is easy, Reality is difficult.
There is nothing motivating about “If you believe it, you can do it” to someone who has tried and failed over and over again. Cheerleaders “Rah! Rah! Rah!” probably isn’t what this person needs to hear. In most situations, it makes matters worse. There are some situations where there are no words.
Each situation requires its own wisdom. Each situation has its time and place for words of encouragement. Most every situation needs action before rhetoric.
Lord, lead me to pray for someone, but first, show me how I can help them.