“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
The Apostle Paul, in his first letter to the Thessalonians. (ESV)
We all need encouragement. We all need to be built up by one another. This is how we grow, and mature in the Lord. This is how we remain strong in our faith. If we aren’t doing this for one another, we are not living as we should. Simple words of encouragement offered up at the right time go a long way in helping someone to know they are on the right path, and headed in the right direction.
I personally have many great encouragers in my life, and I am truly blessed by everyone of them. They make my life sweeter because they are in it. That’s what encouragers do, they inject themselves to the live’s of others. They want others to know they are there for them, and pulling for them. Words of encouragement are a precious gift in a world where attacks come more frequently than kindness.
I posted the above passage on my facebook timeline yesterday to remind us all that we have an obligation to do this for one another. This passage came to me as I was thinking about one of my great encouragers. A man that had only been in my life for just a couple of short years, but had done so much to encourage me in my walk, and ministry. I was thinking about his words of encouragement, and the fact that I would not hear his voice again in this lifetime. You see, he went home early Monday morning, he is at rest in the Lord now. His time here is over, but the words he shared with me will go on. I will cherish them all the days of my life. I thank God for this brother and his love for the Lord and for me.
Please take Paul’s words to heart, encourage one another and build one another up. Your time here is short, make it count, make it matter, make another’s life brighter because you came into it.
I dedicate this post to the memory of my dear brother, and encourager in Christ, Harold Alfred Stacy Jr., rest in peace. Your soft spoken words of encouragement are a gift I will cherish among the greatest gifts I have received.
Harold Alfred Stacy Jr.
August 16, 1942 – January 5, 2015
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman