Critical Mass

Posted: June 24, 2010 in QT's

You’ve probably heard the term “critical mass” before; maybe in an action or sci-fi movie or a physical science class. In nuclear physics it means that there is enough material present and ready to sustain a nuclear chain reaction. The term is accurately used to describe something  that’s ready to blow up, like a nuclear bomb (or sometimes a family reunion, lol). When nuclear material becomes critical it becomes dangerous. When an explosion of any kind happens it’s a messy thing because you can’t always calculate the destruction or damage it’ll cause.

It can be  the same way with people can’t it? When people are continually critical of others it will eventually reach a point of explosion. That’s when things get messy. The thing is, for some reason it’s just easy to be critical of others. It just comes natural to us. It’s easy to see other people’s faults and point out their mistakes but if you’re like me it takes a conscious effort to encourage others. In Hebrews 12:12 the writer says to,”strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees.” He’s making reference to Isaiah 35:3-8 which is a passage of encouragement and hope. He’s saying that Christians should encourage each other with the hope that we have in Christ. Sometimes we get tired and weary, our shoulders slump and we get weak in the knees. It happens to all of us. It’s those times that we are to lift each other up and bear one another’s burdens. It’s those times that we are to remind each other that we have a gracious God and a great Savior who hasn’t left us alone, that this present world that we live in isn’t all there is and that flawed though we are God loves us so much that he sent His Son to die for us so that we may live. Yeah, it’s easy to be critical, but it’s so much better to be an encourager. I want to make the effort to be more of an encourager. I hope you do too.


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