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Proverbs 25:11 - A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold In settings of silver.
All of us like a pat on the back. An Atta – Boy
How many are thankful for those words that come at just the right time?
Encouragement is one of the gifts that God has given to believers to pass on to other people.
How many have ever gotten an unexpected word of encouragement and been thoroughly blessed by it at just the right time?
It’s wonderful. You know what that feels like and understand the difference that it makes in your life and the difference that it can make in others’ lives.
~ Mother Theresa said that - “being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat”.
Everybody needs encouragement. It doesn’t matter the level of success you’ve had or haven’t had; it doesn’t matter how well off you are or how well off you’re not.
The truth is everybody needs encouragement no matter how old you are or what you’ve accomplished. Everyone gets tired sometimes, feels lonely and has disappointments. Everybody at some point has failed and everyone has had a really blue day. Sometimes you just wake up and you’re not feeling good at all.
~ Ken Blanchard, one of the great ministers of our time, said, “Encouragement feeds people’s souls”.
Anytime you speak into someone’s life, something that blesses them or builds them up, it’s like feeding a hungry soul. Encouragement is a real gift to the one who has that gift of giving encouragement - and to the one who is receiving it.
The Bible says that encouragement is actually a ministry gift. It’s a gift that God has given to certain people and is also a tool that God has put into the life of every believer so that they can impact people at any time and at any moment.
Romans 12:8 (NLT) - If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
At any moment you and I can talk to someone or do something for somebody that builds them up. You may think you’re not the most talented person in the world but you have a mouth and all it takes is a kind word or a bit of inspiration that can change someone’s entire day.
Depending on your version of Romans 12:8, it’s called the gift of encouragement or the gift of exhortation. Literally, it’s speaking into someone’s life. Some people are better at this gift than others but the truth is all of us can work at being an encourager.
Those who are encouragers will make a name for themselves.
Acts 4:36 (NLT) - For instance, there was Joseph, the one the apostles nicknamed Barnabas (which means “Son of Encouragement”). He was from the tribe of Levi and came from the island of Cyprus.
If you become an encourager, you will make a name for yourself that you won’t be able to shake. You will be known as someone who pours into others’ lives.
Barnabas was a priest; that’s what it means when it says he was a Levite.
He came from the tribe of Levi and was a priest that ministered to the nation. Mostly he did it with the sacraments and the sacrifices but there was something that stood out about this man.
Not only did he serve God and do the priestly duties that he was assigned, but there was also something about the Spirit of God that was on his life when he came into contact with other people; they were better for having been around him.
They called him the son of encouragement because whenever he was around people they were blessed. I believe every Christian wants to be that way with others.
Those who encourage others have unleashed a power that can change someone’s life.
There’s a story of a teacher who was always speaking positively to this one boy who struggled tremendously in her class.
He wasn’t the brightest in the class, didn’t have any learning disabilities but wasn’t one of those people who could make straight A’s and not study. He was one of those people who had to work for even the ‘C’ that he got. One day when he was handing in his work, the teacher said, “You know, you’re doing a great job. What are you planning to do when you go to college?” He looked at her and said, “I never really thought about going to college because I have to work so hard to do this, I’m just not smart enough and could never go to the next level”. She looked at him and said, “Son, I want to tell you something, not only are you smart, but when you don’t understand things, you work hard to do it and I believe in you. If you apply yourself, you’re going to go farther than you ever dreamed possible”.
From that time on, that young man’s whole thought began to change. His grades began to come up, he graduated and went on to college. He wound up getting a good job and having a good family. One day he said, “I credit that teacher for turning my life around because she encouraged me that I could and she challenged me to do my best. Because she did, I believed I could and I did”.
Every one of us need someone just like that teacher in our life.
There are people around you right now that no one will speak into their life; people who have been given up on, that no one wants to talk to. But you and I can be life changers.
Sometimes we think that being a Christian who makes the difference means that everywhere we go we have to see the miracles of God follow.
Although his Word says that these signs will follow those who believe, sometimes the simplest thing we can do is just be an encouragement to those who are near us.
That in itself can feel miraculous to the one being encouraged. Encouragement breaths life into a soul.
~ William Arthur Ward, one of the great poets said, - “Flatter me and I may not believe you; Criticize me and I may not like you; Ignore me and I may not forgive you; Encourage me and I will not forget you”.
As we come to the end of summer lets commit to being a “Barnabas” to others. Let’s all be encouragers.
Remember you are precious to God and to us.
Pastor Marvin & Dawn