Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Live Light in 25 Words-Day 22. " Join the E-Team! "
" But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today", so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." Hebrews 3:13 Q. Who is a Christian brother or sister that you can encourage in living for Christ today? I love this question because it is something that I am passionate about! Encourage, this is a beautiful word, with rich and deep meaning; to inspire with confidence, spirit or hope; to spur on; to give help, support or approval to. How incredible that so much positive influence is packed into one word. And we are told to do this daily, yes every day. As Christians we should be an encourager to all we meet, and when God places someone on our heart we must be diligent to act upon it. This is something that He has been speaking into my life in recent times. I have been overwhelmed by the response from those whom He has prompted me to encourage. A card, a small gift, a text, a call, it doesn't really matter, as long as you do something to nurture that person. Now there's another beautiful word, nurture; to encourage and develop. It is not a coincidence when we randomly have a thought about someone. When we are obedient those small acts of kindness may well be the encouragement that person needs to make it through their day, that uplifting word may be the only positive affirmation they have received, that text may pierce the loneliness of their day or that gift may tell them they are special and valued. Encouragement comes in all shapes and sizes. To be void of it causes humanity to be hardened. To live in the midst of it one can only flourish. " Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God"s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile." Mother Teresa Lxx