Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ENCOURAGEMENT

Have you ever clasped a cup of hot chocolate between your hands when it's cold outside? If you need a definition for encouragement, that would be mine.


At Windy Saddle Cafe
During our recent visit with our daughter and son-in-law in Colorado, we took a tour of the historic town of Golden. Storms threatened all day, but we were lucky that the rain stayed away from where we walked. The overcast day chilled us, so that by the time we had walked one side of town and came back up the other, hot chocolate for me and my daughter and coffee for my hubby sounded like a stupendous idea. 



Archway on downtown Golden street
 
 We stopped at Windy Saddle CafĂ©. When I picked up that cup, my first words were "I'd pay them just to hold this cup." I spoke the truth. It uplifted and warmed me.













For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.
                                                   Mark 9:41



Giving thousands of dollars or heading up a drive for a charity may attract lots of attention and do good. Big things do help. But, small things done on a daily basis can affect as many lives.

How about ...

Giving a smile to everyone you meet.

Buying a cup of hot chocolate for someone who is cold but can't afford one.

Taking a meal or flowers to a sick person.

Spending valued time visiting an older person who can rarely get out among people.

Sending an apple to your child's teacher, or your Bible teacher.

The Bible tells us to think of others more highly than ourselves. In other words, we must be willing to put ourselves out to help someone else.


Need help yourself?
Focus on others, and God will handle your problems.

One of my favorite New Testament heroes was Barnabas. He never got the glory given to the apostle Paul, but without him, Paul's message could've been stopped. Barnabas was always the encourager, the helper, the peacemaker.

God, help me be more like Barnabas. Show me something I can do to encourage others.


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