Who is your encourager?

“With each of you we were like a father with his child, holding your hand, whispering encouragement, showing you step-by-step how to live well before God…1 Thessalonians 2:12

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.

 

 

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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