...but I got to chewing on something yesterday. I don't even know why, actually.
Question to myself: Is my need for encouragement the result of my sin nature?
My first response: Yes, I think it probably is. Without sin I would be in perfect standing with God and my sense of worth etc. would be completely fulfilled. The only reason I need someone to say, 'good job' is because I am afraid, insecure and mindful that I may do a poor job. Fear, insecurities and doing a poor job are, I think, the result of my sin nature.
Then I thought: The Bible has several passages reminding us of the importance of encouragement and challenging us to encourage one another. Barnabus, is held up as a crucial leader in the early church primarily because of his encouraging nature.
And then I thought: Why would God want us doing something that seemingly only serves to feed our sin nature? But, obviously, encouraging one another is a biblical principle...so maybe HOW we encourage each other is the issue.
And then....well right about then I stopped thinking, put my headphones back on and turned Johny Cash up real loud.