There was one time in my assignment it seemed like a particular lady was out to be a hindrance. She would hardly attend meetings, would not submit reports, would hardly pick up or return calls and this became a big concern to me. One day in hushed anger I asked her why she was always being evasive. As she attempted to respond, I did not get a word of what she was saying, I only saw pain as tears welled up in her now red eyes and as I walked away from her, I felt bad.
It wasn’t until several months later I learnt about her many challenges and I understood why she couldn’t seem to focus on her own part of the assignment and I wished I had asked her before now if there was anything going on in her life that was causing her seeming in effectiveness.
I have come to learn that many times we get so blinded by our own issues that we cannot see, or even ignore one person in our path who we could have been an encouragement to. We judge instead of seeking to understand, we blame instead of seeking to help. Instead of walking away when we are faced with someone who doesn’t seem to have it all together, we could stop to be that encouragement they may need.
Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25 (AMP)