It is a sign of remarkable maturity in our relationship with God when we’re able to heartily encourage the development of the gifts of one with more talent than ourselves. It’s easy for us to encourage development in someone we don’t believe capable of taking the spotlight from us, but not so easy for us to develop the talents of one who may upstage us–right?!? Our pride produces such foolish envy of each other’s gifts instead of wise encouragement! There are girls on my staff who have the spirit of encouragement. When I compliment one of them on a job well done, the others will join in the encouragement without looking for praise for themselves. They genuinely want to help the team–even if it means they won’t get credit. It’s such a blessing! Peer-encouragement is sign of maturity. As we mature in our relationship with God, we become confident in who He made us and this characteristic exponentially increases. We learn that God created us each uniquely and wonderfully and we EACH exist to glorify Him. God’s Word says: “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Cor. 12:4-7) When we figure out that life is NOT about US, it’s about glorifying HIM, then our ability to encourage talent development in each other is a rewarding and joyful experience. When we’re close to God, our envy and pride are lost in His greatness and we are filled with thankfulness and joy. We are so thankful to be on God’s team that we find great joy in developing the team talent for God’s glory. When we’ve experienced the wonderful blessings that He has produced with our life–we want everyone to experience it!