Dear Glen Mar Friends,
I saw a "Facebook challenge" the other day that challenged us not to complain for one whole day. I guess for some that would be a hard thing to do, particularly in a culture that I think invites complaint, criticism and negativity. I was reminded however that as Christians we are called to do more than just "not complain." We are called to be encouragers. We are called to come alongside one another with a helping hand, a cheerful heart and a forgiving spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, in The Message version, "So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you'll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you're already doing this; just keep on doing it." The NRSV says, "Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up..."
I wonder how God might be calling each of us to be encouragers, to build each other up, individually and as a church? How can we be more encouraging than we are? How can we build one another up?
It can be as simple as being quick to "pitch in" for someone who is not feeling well, or going through a hard time. It can involve deep listening, and fervent prayer. There are so many ways to build one another up. Choosing to point out something great about someone, choosing to express gratitude, instead of criticism...Saying YES when asked to serve, and treating one another with kindness. Seeing one another with the eyes of Jesus.
Between now and Sunday, can you encourage 5 people in some way, big or small? I suspect there are people in our church family that are in need of some "building up" in a world that has a tendency to "tear down."
We have every reason to be encouraged with a God like the one we have. We have every reason to build up when our church, and our lives, are built on the rock of Christ.
Be encouraged! I see you, I know your name, you matter.
See you in Church,