Have you ever run a long distance race? As you near the end of the race your legs ache, your throat burns…your whole body cries out for you to stop. This is when the fans on the sidelines are most valuable. Their encouragement helps you to push through the pain and cross the finish line.
There are those around you (maybe even yourself) who are running the race of their life every day. Their minds scream, their bodies ache…and they doubt they will make it through the day. To them, making it through the day without totally giving up (or giving in) is, in fact, crossing the finish line. I have had days and times like this, how about you? A word of encouragement from you might make the difference in them making it through the day instead of collapsing along the way.
Today, be sensitive to others’ need for encouragement, and offer words of support or action. I’m sure there is someone’s name or face popping up in your mind right now; give then a call, drop in to see them, prepare a meal, send them a note…pray that the Lord’s light will shine through you to remove their darkness. Click here to share with the stepping stone community your thoughts on providing or needing encouragement.
Dear Father God,
I thank you Father for all that I have. I confess that I too often seclude myself in my own cocoon. There are so many around me that need encouragement to make it to the finish line each day. Help me help them Lord. Help me be mindful to offer words of encouragement. Help me communicate to others the promise of Your Peace. Move me to where I need to be to witness to and encourage those in need. Help me see through the masks of those trying to put on a good face when inside they are crumbling. Us me today Lord to further Your kingdom even in ways that I do not understand. I pray to You my Father with thankfulness and bold expectation in the name of Your Son Jesus, and all God’s children said, – AMEN!
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the LORD will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.