Be An Encourager
“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”
~ I Thessalonians 5:11
William Arthur Ward stated: “Encourage me, and I will not forget you.”
Sometimes when I am half-way through my early morning walking routine and I turn the final corner of the street, I gaze way down to the end of it, I sigh and think, surely the pavement has lengthened over night. Then at the end of my walk as I arrive back to our home, often the muscles in my legs ache, and my whole body is telling me to stop, stop, stop!
However, most times the walk goes by quickly. That is when I meet neighbors along the way, either walking or riding their bicycles, and they greet me with a smile, a good morning, and/or a small greeting. They encourage me, and automatically my step gets lighter, I walk faster, and not one muscle aches in my legs. My, what a little encouragement from someone will do for a person, will it not?
Encouragement often breathes life into a person's soul. People need encouragement, and it only takes a few seconds of effort to be nice to someone. It makes a positive impact on a person by building them up and supporting them when they need it most.
In the New Testament there was a man who was known as an encourager, and his name was Joseph, yet everyone called him Barnabas which meant “Son of Encouragement”.
God utilized Barnabas by drawing him to people whom he could quietly influence with his encouragement. Without a thought of jealousy, he would go beside people to support them, often when nobody else would. For example, he was a huge boost to Paul and his ministry. As a vibrant believer in Jesus, he was also very important in encouraging Mark.
Encouragement is one of the most effective ways to help a person, and it is such a simple thing to do. It takes a special person to support someone by respecting them, instead of denigrating them, or by building them up, instead of tearing them down. Barnabas was a special person, and the example of his life should motivate God's people to become an encourager to others.
Leo Buscaglia stated: “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”. Let's all be an encourager, and just maybe that person's walk will become faster, and their steps will become lighter!
Almighty God, thank You for the example of Barnabas. Help us to watch out for a person to encourage and build up. Amen.
~ Ann Brock