THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
As a high school basketball coach, John Wooden created a "thank you" rule for his players.
Every time a player scored, he was required to acknowledge the person on the team who had assisted.
Some of the players thought this rule would take too much time away from the game.
However, Wooden explained to his team that a simple gesture like a nod, a thumbs-up, or a wink would take them less than a second.
Wooden believed that if you didn't show your appreciation to others, they would have no way of knowing their contributions were recognized.
And without recognition, people start to pull back--both from performing and from cooperating with others.
Encouragement is a key element of teamwork and success.
(Bits & Pieces, August 2007)
But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither:
encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.
Today, there are many "giants" in the land!
fear, anxiety, loss of jobs, loss of family members, sexual impropriety,
alcohol and drug addicton, depression, heartache, and many more.
Our fellow Christians need to know
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1)
The church is the "body" of Christ.
There are many "members." (1Cor 12:14)
Some are old, some are young.
Some are strong, some are weak.
But we ALL face the "giants"!
Be an ENCOURAGER!
Our fellow Christians need to know to
"Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them (giants): for the Lord thy God,
HE it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." (Deut. 31:6)
Our fellow Christians need to know that God's PRESENCE produces PRESENTS of:
mercy, grace, meekness (power under control) and strength.
Christians, especially young ones, need to know that "Christ in you" is "the hope of glory!" (Col 1:27)
Help them to know that Christ's PRESENCE produces the
"shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked." (Eph 6:17)
Be an ENCOURAGER!