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Thanking the Enablers (the Good Kind)


As you can see in the title, I’m not talking about the people who make excuses for you and help you continue on in addictions or destructive patterns of behavior. I’m talking about the enablers who don’t get a lot of credit, but help you do and be who God made you to be.

Wednesday night, I was asked to come lead worship at a team meeting for the youth worship team my oldest son is a part of. It was a fantastic time of God’s presence and prayer. I couldn’t begin to describe all the wonderful things God impressed on me and the group, but it was an experience I won’t soon forget. It was so good, in fact, that instead of the hour we had planned for, the meeting ended about thirty minutes late.

This is where I thank my enabler. My wife stayed home with our other three children and two foster children where she helped with homework, gave baths, got kids ready for bed, and managed to keep the house from collapsing in on itself under the noise, tears, and myriad requests.

I know she would see it as doing what she has to do and she’s incredibly talented at managing it all; but if she had not been willing or able, I could not have had the refreshing time with God that (it turns out) I really needed.

I’m so thankful for her, just as I’m thankful for a great experience.

Tonight as our older kids are at a youth costume party, a coworker of Andrea’s volunteered to keep the younger three so that we could have a date night. I can’t tell you how much we need this! I talked recently about sacrificing normal, but the adjustment of having foster children again has been intense for several reasons.

Having a time to rest and reconnect is important in “ordinary times,” but I feel it’s even more important as we face new challenges. The awesome thing is that even if it hadn’t worked for this night, we had other friends who were willing to take all the kids another night.

Thank God for good enablers.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds… –Hebrews 10:23-24

Maybe you’re someone who enables others to have great experiences with God. Maybe you have enabled parents and spouses to put a priority on their relationship (and/or keep their sanity). Maybe you encourage someone with a kind word or phone call. There are a million different ways. Thank you.

I’ve got to be that person at times, but I’m all the more stirred to do it more often and do it well.

How about you? Have you had someone lately who was a “good enabler”? What’s your testimony this week?

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  1. The good enablers are a God-send, Jason. There were many times when my children were young that my parents or neighbors would keep them just so I could enjoy some quiet time or get things done around the house. It is such a blessing to have enablers, and to be one, too, as I now help out with my grandchildren.
    Have a great weekend!
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    • I think many times people don’t understand what a big deal this really is. “God-send” is a perfect word for it! Thanks Martha.

  2. I agree that whatever we do in life, we don’t do alone. there are many ‘enablers’ all around us who do the things that few notice that help us do what we are called to do. I think about the people who show up early at church to turn on the heat or AC… who open the doors… who write the checks for the bills… who clean up the floors… and not just as church. Think about those who do the unseen tasks for your job or at your child’s school or team… or the person who makes your coffee, the man who drives the truck that delivers supplies. We should all take a week and just look for those who support us… and not just notice, go the extra effort to say thank you.

    • You’re so right! So many people to be thankful for in this life. Thanks so much, Karen!

  3. That’s the good kind of enabler! Good for you for noticing the work that shows true love in your relationship. And good for you two for getting some time for yourselves.

    • There are times when it feels more like luxury and other times it’s a necessity. This date night was definitely in the latter category and we had a blast. Thank you, Floyd!

  4. God is my Super Enabler! Without Him I wouldn’t be here and certainly wouldn’t be able to cry out that I am victorious because of Him.

    Besides the Lord, I thank God that He gave me such a wonderful mother and brother. Without them in my life…well it wouldn’t be as nice as it is.

    • 🙂 Amen to that! Thanks Ed.

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