I have a friend from college that I am very lucky to have. We were randomly assigned as roommates on our first year and that’s how we met. His name is Sean and I say I am lucky to have him as a friend because everyone wanted to be his friend. People loved having Sean around. And why? I’m sure you know someone who is a people magnet. Why? What makes them such a great friend? I think, in Sean’s case, it’s because he really loved people. He took this verse to heart: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7).
When you love people you do your best to build them up. People who love are people who encourage. After I have spent time with someone, I want to walk away uplifted. And my question to all of you is: are you that kind of person? Do you brighten rooms when you walk in? Do you bring smiles to people’s faces? Are you someone people want to talk to when they’re feeling down? I don’t know about you but that’s the kind of person I want to be. It has been my privilege to have spent time with many encouraging people. They have built me up. I hope, for someone, I have returned the favor. I hope I have obeyed: “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Hebrews 3:13).
And I hope that you desire the same thing for yourself. We need more encouragers in this world. Have you watched the news lately? I need people around me saying positive things so that I do not lose heart. And so do you. And so does everyone. Be a “Sean.” Love people. Build them up. Then you too will be that friend that everyone wants.