No Such Thing as Too Much Encouragement?

The title above, advertising personal tech fitness devices, was in the subject line of an email I received today from Best Buy. I added the question marks. Although all of us could probably benefit from being more physically fit, my mind drifted in other directions.

Most of us at one time or another have heard a guest speaker tell the graduating class that they can be anything they want to be. Really? Anything? Before I sound too cynical, l fully believe our world would be a better place if we encouraged more and criticized less. Yes, there is a place for honesty. We can’t be anything we want to be, but we can strive to be the best version of ourselves we can be. Allow me to inject a Bobby Knight quote before I go further. 

The key is not the will to win... everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.
— Bobby Knight

The will to prepare is where we often fall short. If life is anything, it is unpredictable. Yet, we all know that old age is a certainty for the vast majority of us. So why are we so unprepared? We not only shun the thought of aging but also the aged.

I want to win at life and eternity! My preparation time is now! I am determined to be the best I can be at leading Elder Source Senior Ministries, the best son I can be to my aging parents, and by encouraging you to be the best that you can be to the seniors in your life, we will win at encouraging an often lonely and forgotten people group. In that regard there can’t be too much encouragement! By the way, the time we spend and invest with a senior will help us as much as we help them. After all, they have been playing the game of life much longer than we have.

Stan Means
Elder Source Senior Ministries