Come On…You Can Do It!
Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize. ~ Elizabeth Harrison ~
A simple word of encouragement can make the difference in lifting someone from failure to success…from turmoil to peace…from a sense of fear and hopelessness, to one of faith and courage. We all need it from time to time. Practice speaking words of encouragement, rather than criticism, and see what a difference it makes…not only in the lives of those whom you are lifting up, but in your own as well. Great blessings come to those who are a blessing to others.
Thought for the day
Sometimes when “our stuff” is not in order, rather than owning up to our part (character defects which have contributed to it) we get into the old navel gazing, sitting on the old potty routine. When we do that we can’t possibly be of help to anyone, including ourselves. I have found that the quickest way to fire up my spiritual burner and get back on track and be a light for others is to be of service. Can I change my attitude just for today (24 hours) and stop worrying about my woes, and help pick up the spirit of another? As was said to Adam Sandler in The Water Boy, “C’mon you can do it”!
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good.
~1 Thessalonians 5:11-21 (NIV)~
The group of followers all felt the same way about everything. None of them claimed that their possessions were their own, and they shared everything they had with each other. In a powerful way the apostles told everyone that the Lord Jesus was now alive. God greatly blessed his followers, and no one went in need of anything. Everyone who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles. Then they would give the money to anyone who needed it. Joseph was one of the followers who had sold a piece of property and brought the money to the apostles. He was a Levite from Cyprus, and the apostles called him Barnabas, which means "one who encourages others."
~Acts 4:31-37 (CEV)~