Taking Care of Each Other
OBU is home.
People take care of one another every single day on the hill. Compliments, sweet notes, smiles and high fives fill the day with encouragement … but some people need to be reminded just how much that note or encouragement is needed!
Loving on others with your actions can make someone’s entire day. For example, my roommate made my coffee Tuesday morning knowing it would eliminate stress and serve me. Serving and showing love is not hard but not many people do it. It is time that OBU students start giving more compliments, smiling at people when they pass in the halls, and being selfless in order to make someone’s day.
We are called to serve and love like Christ. What does that look like? There are two words that fit that answer perfectly … being intentional. Pausing throughout your day to soak in little moments and see where you can serve someone. Too many times we pass through our day without looking for opportunities to love on people. If you think of a compliment, SAY IT. If you think someone did good, TELL THEM. We are all so busy with our schedules that we barely find time to do laundry and read our civ. But, we should be seeking time to truly make people feel cherished and important. We can do that by smiling more, hugging tighter, and being an encourager.
Writing simple notes says “I care.” No matter if your love language is words of affirmation or quality time, a message on a notecard reading, “I’m praying for you!! Have a super, great day!!” will make anyone’s day. It’s the simple fact of taking time out of your own day to make someone else’s day. This generation has strayed away from the beauty of handwritten letters and the act of actually using pen and paper instead of just texts! While texting is faster, handwritten cards and letters are more personal and you can hang them up in your room or slide them in the front cover of your binder.
Encouragement is key and everyone should be doing it. Some people get through their day with encouragement alone. Some thrive on encouragement. I am on the Cheer Squad here at OBU where encouragement is the key to being successful. We cheer, yell, encourage and push our team. Whether it’s a stunt or a tumbling pass, we come together and motive the athlete. Encouragement is one thing that everyone needs, especially going through college!
Being an OBU student means joining a gigantic family. OBU is home. People build each other up and people care for one another when struggling. OBU is a great school filled with the best people. Just don’t forget to be intentional, write more letters, and be encouraging!!