Have you ever noticed that most of the time we do not take the time to analyze the “why” when things are going well?

But if there is a hiccup

If there is a bump

If something falls apart

We analyze the fool out of it.  In fact we even go back as far as when things were going well to pinpoint the moment, the exact action from the exact person so we can place blame on them and move on.

It’s interesting that most analyzing is rarely ever intended to fix a problem…

it’s used to place blame so we can feel better.

And the thing that is rarer than even that is taking time to analyze why things are going well.

In fact I would say it is hard to get motivated to analyze anything thing, when things are going well.  There is no pain, no crisis, or tense moments to motivate us to consider the why.

But maybe if we could find a way to stop long enough to figure out what is happening, what the key things are that have caused the positive momentum and then focus on those things maybe we could discover how to keep it going.  Maybe, if we could pinpoint the exact moment when the upward climb began, the exact action from the exact person, we could encourage each other and move forward to the greater things God has in store for His church and His people.

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up…

…just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

The issue with this verse is the last line….

Are you taking time to do the encouraging that is needed?

Are you taking the time to analyze so that you can do it authentically?

So you can build others up?

That takes us making sure we are analyzing the good with the same intensity as we would analyze the bad.

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