Keep on keeping on.

People like me, the encouragers blessed with the glorious gift of empathy....well we get exhaustedsometimes. We're the ones that laugh when you laugh, cry when you cry, feel burdened for your burdens. I've always been the counselor in my group of friends - no matter how those various groups have changed. I'll never forget taking spiritual gifts tests and personality tests and the big warning that pops over my personality type.

BE CAREFUL AS TO NOT GET TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF. BE CAREFUL TO NOT TAKE ON OTHERS BURDENS AS YOUR OWN.

Oh what a glorious gift, I thought haha. But it's so true. As much as I want to help others, I also have to guard my heart very heavily. And as a result I often just clam up and deal with my issues on my own, because oddly enough, I don't want to burden someone else with my things.

It's easy to get discouraged when you are the giver always, and seldom the receiver. The energy, love, and thought put into encouraging and uplifting others...and then there you are. You find that you're surrounded by a bunch of needy people and not anyone to pour back into you.

I adore my gifts. Really I do. I am so blessed that this is how God wired me, with a passion to help people. But I don't think people ever realize how much time and thought and prayer goes into that gift. And sometimes, the well runs dry. You can only give and not receive for so long before you have nothing left to give.

But I want to encourage you, sweet encouragers. Don't stop, ok? The world needs us. Our sphere of influence needs us. God designed us specifically for this purpose, for the place you're in, for such a time as this. Don't lose heart and don't get discouraged. As lonely as this journey feels sometimes, we have to have confidence that God is using us far beyond what our eyes and hearts can see. Somehow, someway, that encouraging text you sent that you never got a response from, was a seed of the love of Christ planted. Keep shining your light sweet friend. Even if we're dim for a season, a little drop of light can brighten the darkness.

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