Words from the Heart for Monday August 29th, 2016
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
Encouraging One Another
A note of thanks. An email of encouragement. A text that says “I’m praying for you.” Who can you encourage today in their walk with Christ?
While large businesses usually get the most economic press in Canada, the heart of Canada’s economy is the small business and the Canadian government is being encouraged to support the entrepreneurs who start new businesses. A record number of self-employed Canadians ran incorporated businesses and employed other people in 2015: some 651,000, a 4.8% increase from the previous year, according to Statistics Canada. In the United States, entrepreneurs are already revered by the political class. In January, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi summoned Uber founder Travis Kalanick and other technology titans to help him launch a major campaign to encourage startups. Australia’s prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, who got rich as a technology investor, has called for an “ideas boom” to alleviate the pain of the resource bust. Turnbull’s government put down $1 billion worth of incentives for entrepreneurs and investors.
Life can be so discouraging. We watch the news channels and it seems like things in the world are getting worse by the day. Acts of terrorism are reported daily. Politics gets more divisive and Christians seem to be increasingly pushed to the edges of society. In our personal lives, we face the daily pressure of family issues, financial downturns and health concerns. And increasingly people seem to be isolated from each other. This should not be the case within the Body of Christ. One of the strengths of the fellowship we enjoy as followers of Christ is the encouragement of like-minded believers. Paul writes this in 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” In a world that tries to tear people down, how refreshing is the fellowship of Christians. We express that encouragement in a variety of ways. We pray for each other, and stand with those who are hurting. We provide practical aid when people are suffering. We come alongside those who are lonely. We care for widows and orphans. We cry with those who are in pain. Paul was able to commend the Christians at Thessalonica for their spirit of encouragement. They were known for building each other up. In a world where Christians were persecuted all they had was each other. In our world, we are called to act like the Thessalonian Christians. Who can you encourage today?
These have been words from the heart.