Who has been your encourager when you needed it most? Instead, you may call someone who has taken time to encourage you a cheerleader, a mentor, or a spiritual guide, I have a special friend who always has a word of encouragement when I talk to her by phone. She asks hard questions, and best of all, rarely gives advice. She makes me think and to accountable for my actions. She helps me make plans, set goals, and challenges me to keep moving forward to accomplish them.
I’ve been blessed with a new friend who tells me I’m intelligent, intuitive, and good at discernment and critical thinking. Even though I don’t always believe everything I hear, it gives me a boost when I’m thinking I’m not good enough to complete the ministry God placed in my path.
Even Apostle Paul needed an encourager and found one in Barnababas (known as “son of the encourager”). Paul, because of his reputation before his conversion, was not being received well by the disciples in Jerusalem. Barnabas antervened and convinced the disciples Paul was no longer Saul and could be trusted. We know Paul continued in ministry with missionary trips which strengthened the early church and spread the good news to the Gentiles.
Give us opportunities, Lord, to encourage others to move forward in their faith journey. Amen.