We should never underestimate the power that our kind words possess. It is
easy for us to look at others and forget to compliment the good work that
they are doing. We need to remember that God calls us the children of
light. The main purpose for light is to shine forth so that people may see
the direction they are to follow clearly and easily. When we encourage
others by complimenting them on a job well done, our light shines forth
towards that one and in effect their light shines a little brighter. The
Lord knows the power of encouragement because in Romans 12:10 we read, "Be
kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving
preference to one another." Be encouraged to say a good word when you see
someone in need of it and know that the impact of your kindness is sure to
never be forgotten. (Matthew 5:16) (1 Thessalonians 5:11-15) (Job 4:3-4)
I hope today's message encourages you to shine your light forth so that
others may be encouraged to continue on with the work that they have started.
ECHOES OF KIND WORDS
A little boy said to his father, "Let's play darts. I'll throw the darts
and you say, 'Wonderful!'" Here is a boy who was not afraid to ask for the
encouragement he needs. Maybe we all have something to learn from him!
Inspirational author and educator, Fr. Brian Cavanaugh, relates a story
about the devastating effects of discouragement. Dante Gabriel Rossetti,
the famous 19th Century poet and artist, was once approached by an elderly
man who asked him to look at a few of his sketches and drawings. The
gentleman wanted to know if the artist thought they were of any value.
As gently as possible, Rossetti told the man that the sketches were of no
value and showed little talent. He apologized for the harsh assessment but
said that he believed he should be honest.
The visitor was disappointed but asked the artist if he could take a look
at just a few more, which were all done by a young art student. Rossetti
looked over the second batch of sketches and quickly became enthusiastic
over the talent they revealed. "These," he said, "Oh, these are good." He
went on to say that the young student shows much promise and should be
given every help and encouragement, as he may have a great future if he
will study and work hard.
The old man was deeply moved. Rossetti asked, "Who is this fine, young
artist? Your son?"
"No," replied the visitor sadly. "It is I -- 40 years ago. If only I had
heard your praise then. For you see, I became discouraged and gave up too
Mother Teresa wisely said, "Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but
their echoes are truly endless." Sometimes it may be enough to just say,
I can only imagine of the dreams and aspirations that were never realized
because that one was discouraged to continue on and accomplish the goals
that were in their hearts. There is not one person in this world that
will not suffer some kind of discouragement when pursuing the goals that
are in their hearts. We must remember that even the great apostle Paul
was discouraged from time to time and was reassured by the Lord that He
was with him and that all is well. Just as the Lord encouraged Paul to
continue on, so are we to encourage one another to never give up but rather
continue on with a refreshed fervor knowing that God is with them.
(2 Corinthians 12:8-10) (Acts 18:9-11) (Romans 12:14-21)
If you are finding yourself wanting to quit the task that God has laid upon
your heart, Be encouraged to continue your work and know that the Lord
would never ask you to accomplish that task if He didn't already know that
you were the right person for the job. (Romans 12:3-8) (Hebrews 12:1-2)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Hebrews 12:1-3 "Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great
a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth
so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set
before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for
the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and
is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that
endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied
and faint in your minds."
1 John 4:10-12 "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is
perfected in us."
Philippians 3:13-14 "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but
this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching
forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
Psalm 37:3-6 "Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the
land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and
He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the
LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring
forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS
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Today's Selected Testimony: GOD HAS A PLAN
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry