Balcony People

Balcony People

Have you ever thought about what people would say about you at your funeral?

Recently, I went to a funeral. A very precious friend’s husband died.

As I sat and listened to the trembling voices, soaked in tears, and the preacher’s words of tribute, I heard the same reiteration of accolades and honor. My friend’s husband was a special man who had suffered a massive stroke over ten years ago.

After many struggles to adjust to barely being able to take care of himself and to make himself understood, he finally made peace with his bodily condition and praised the Lord the rest of his days. From his wheelchair, he touched many people with his worship and with his deep love and care for his family and others. He was a true encouragement to all who knew him.

With his dying breath, he praised the Lord…with his hand raised to heaven. He will be sorely missed. He was a balcony person.

Balcony people are upstanding people, encouragers who…

*are kind, caring, and giving
*draw others up to greater heights
*compliment and complement others
*build others to attempt notable tasks
*instill others with belief in themselves
*cheer and clap for others when they are down.

They are tank refillers.
They fill our hearts’ empty reservoirs with words that offer comfort, peace, love, and care.

We have a whole bevy of balcony people, those leaning over the brink of heaven to cheer us on. “Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on?” (Heb. 12:1a Msg)

*David and Jonathan were balcony people for each other.
*Barnabas was a balcony person. He introduced Paul to the other apostles.
*Paul was a balcony person for innumerable people. He wrote to the Thessalonian church that he had sent Timothy, “our brother and fellow worker, God’s minister, to visit you to strengthen your faith and encourage you and to keep you from becoming fainthearted in all the troubles you were going through.” (1 Thess. 3:2a TLB)

Everyone needs a balcony person at one time or another, one who will come alongside of us to lend an ear for listening, a shoulder for crying, a boost when down, or a clap when lacking courage.

Do you have a balcony person in your life? One who cheers you on, who lifts you up when you are down?

Will others at your funeral say you were a balcony person to them?

 

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, Heading Home.

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  1. There’s a book called, Balcony People, and it’s one of my favorite. I love the twist you added to balcony people. I can only hope and pray that I would be one and that at my funeral people will remember me as an encourager. Right now, not so sure, but doesn’t mean a person can’t change, right? Great post, Lynn. Then again, all of your posts are so encouraging and very timely. Keep up the awesome work!

    • Oh, sweet Debra! You do my heart good! Thank you! I didn’t realize there was a book with that title. I’ll have to look it up. Thanks! And just so you know, I would definitely classify you as a balcony person! 😉

      • Joyce Landorf Heatherley is the author. Wonderful little book. Wonderful author. Thank you for tweeting this post, Lynn. It’s my first visit to crossroads. ~Joyce (thistle on twitter)

        • Joyce, I almost missed your comment. Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment and let me know about the book. Appreciate it. I’m so glad you saw my tweet. Thanks for visiting! Bless you!

  2. I want to be a Balcony Person- have added this to my journal to pray this into my life more and more, please Lord.

  3. Hmm … I guess I’m a balcony person. All my adult life, I’ve been the one that people would come and tell their troubles to. I never understood why – except that I’ve always been a listener and an encourager. I’ve always attributed this to my late (Blessed and Saintly) mother, who taught me well. This post really hit home for me. Thanks SOOOO much, Lynn. God is richly blessing you to speak to people’s hearts. Keep up the Good Work! 🙂

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