One on One

"But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children." 1 Thessalonians 2:7 King James Version

Many years ago when I was hospitalized for suicidal feelings, the doctor decided that I needed a one on one situation. What that means is that the head nurse assigned a nurse to watch me constantly. That nurse even went with me when I went to the bathroom to make certain that I didn’t hurt myself.

A light was kept on in the big bedroom that I shared with several other girls at night so that the nurse could watch me to make certain that I was breathing. As the shifts changed in the hospital, the head nurse of the new shift would assign a nurse on that shift to watch me.

That one on one situation used to really bother me as I like my privacy. In fact, I became very angry and demanded that they stop watching me. However, they felt justified in continuing the one on one situation as they knew that I was suicidal. It was very difficult to sleep when I knew that someone was watching me all the time. It was also extremely embarrassing to go to the bathroom when someone was watching me. The nurse didn’t just go into the big bathroom with me; she went into the little stall with me.

If ever we needed one on one situations, where people watch and pray for other people to make certain that they don’t hurt themselves or get in trouble, it is now. We should encourage other Christians to stay out of places that will hurt them and hurt Jesus and bring shame to Him. It makes satan very angry when people accept Jesus as their personal Saviour.

As soon as we accept Jesus as our personal Saviour, satan begins to attack us with everything he can. We didn’t have to worry about attacks from satan before we were saved because he had us right where he wanted us. Our hearts were full of sin so satan didn’t need to attack us. However, when Jesus cleanses our hearts with His redeeming atoning blood, satan realizes that we are no longer on his side.

We read in the Bible "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5: 8). I believe with all of my heart that if every person who claims to be a Christian would adopt another Christian in his or her heart and encourage them constantly, we would have a support system that this world has never known.

Jesus has told us that we are to be encouragers to one another and to pray for each other. He has not been here for over two thousand years so we, as Christians, need to reach out and hug people and encourage people and love them to Jesus. There may come a time in your life when you need someone to encourage you.

Someone sent me an email several months ago and told me "I am hurting so much that I can’t read my Bible or even pray". This person needs another Christian that will watch her, pray for her and encourage her constantly. Where we make our mistake is in thinking that people don’t need encouragement because they have it all together.

Joyce Landorf Heatherley, a well known Christian author and speaker, says on one of her teaching tapes as she is talking about the people we sit next to in church "They look fine and they look darling, but inside they are dying". Even though I have never had the privilege of meeting Joyce, I love her and feel like she is a close friend because she has been a source of comfort and encouragement to me many times while listening to her tapes.

What about our pastors and their spouses? I believe that we need to be there for them and encourage them. They deal with situations many times that we never hear about. They also have heartaches and crises in their own lives. When our pastors and their spouses constantly give of themselves, it is very draining. There comes a time when our pastors and spouses need people to encourage them.

Are you willing to be an encourager in a one on one situation for another Christian? Yes, it will interrupt your schedule and take a lot of time but think of the people you can encourage. Isn’t that what Jesus does for us? He not only died for us; He gives us all of His time and constantly encourages us and tells us that He is here for us. Will you answer the call of Jesus and become an encourager to people in a one on one situation?

Copyright 2008 by Joanne Lowe, all rights reserved.

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