Henry Drummond’s remark haunts me at times: “. . . how many prodigals are kept out of the Kingdom of God by the unlovely character of those who profess to be inside?”


As we enter the fall season, I want to encourage you to…encourage someone! We can ask ourselves an     important set of questions here: when did you last encourage someone else?

Be honest: when was the last time you said something

         or gave something

         or wrote something

         or did something with the single motive of encouraging someone else?


I firmly believe that an individual is never more  Christlike than when full of compassion for those who are down, needy, discouraged, feeling unappreciated, or forgotten. The ministry of encouragement is vital today!


Encouragement is so important! Do you know of    someone in need of financial encouragement? A student away at school . . . a young couple up against it . . . a divorcee struggling to gain back self-acceptance . . . a forgotten servant of God laboring in a lonely and difficult ministry? Step up! Encourage generously!


Do you know of someone who could, and should, be promoted to a place of greater usefulness but is presently in need of your companionship and affirmation?


Go to bat for this person! He or she needs your fellowship. How about someone who is better qualified than you are? You would be amazed at the blessing God would pour out upon you if you’d really back him or her with followship. See what I did there?


And let’s not forget the failures . . . those who need a second chance. The Lots, the Samsons, the Jonahs, the Demas-es, the John Marks, the Peters. Yes, they failed . . . they blew it. Are you big enough to offer a hand of encouragement and demonstrate genuine love? Lift up the person who failed with encouragement! It pays off!


It is such a personal blessing to see that encouraging one another changes things. It is amazing to see. Sondra and I are mentoring several people presently and one of them was traveling to another state. The pulled over for a one hour zoom meeting, while on vacation, because as they said,” Your encouragement is so important to us and we don’t want to miss anytime we can speak with you!” It was humbling, but beautiful, to hear.


So, give it a try this week, this month, and see how you will be uplifted while uplifting others!


You are amazing!


See, don’t you feel better!?!?!?!