Words from the Heart for Monday August 30th, 2021
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Encourage One Another
This past March, Destinations Canada reported some good news for the Canadian tourist sector. Their research found that if Canadians shift two-thirds of their planned spending on international leisure travel to domestic tourism, it would make up for a $19-billion shortfall the pandemic created. It would also help sustain 150,000 jobs and accelerate the recovery by one year. One in every 10 Canadian jobs is tied to tourism, with small- and medium-sized businesses making up 99 per cent of the sector.
I’ve been blessed to be a part of churches over the years where people genuinely care for one another. They are filled with human beings, none of whom are perfect yet, so there are interpersonal issues from time to time. But on the whole, people take care of one another and encourage one another in their walk with Jesus. This is how things should be. Paul the apostle wrote this in 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” I asked a long time ago to see others through the eyes of Jesus. It has helped me in all of my relationships, including those within the local church. Everyone you know has a story, and carries with them all the experiences they have had through life. It makes them who they are today. Some are easier to love than others, but as followers of Jesus we don’t get to choose who we will love and who we won’t. The command here is to encourage one another and build each other up. The Thessalonian Christians were setting an example in this, Paul says. We are to follow in their footsteps.
These have been words from the heart.