“Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do,” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
The main goal of a cheerleading organization is to raise the spirits of the fans and team members of the sport they are supporting. As I look at this life, I realize there are others around you and me every day that could use some encouragement. People who need their spirits raised. Some whose lives need to be touched with a little something that will help see them through this day.
The old saying is true that you cannot judge a book by its cover. People are like that also. Day by day we walk through our normal routines. Sometimes we come across different people. Sometimes we see the same people each and every time. In meeting people there’s one thing I have come to realize, you don’t have a clue of what one may be facing on the other side of that facade.
The face that is smiling at you may be at the point of giving up. The one who is engaging you in polite conversation may have just suffered a hard blow financially. Or, any others we may see or come across on a daily basis. All we can do is look at what they show us. Sometimes, what they don’t show is there are deeper issues they are dealing with. While in the middle of those deep issues, what if they receive a word that renews, that makes them feel that everything is going to be okay in spite of what they are facing? What if one act of kindness done for them helps to ensure them they are important too, no matter what the situation is telling them, and raises their spirits?
How would we order our day, our regular routines, if we treated everyone as if they were a mission field to receive kindness? You could be the one that will help somebody else to make the decision that they will not throw in the towel. They will not give up. You and I can be that deciding factor! You can be that spiritual cheerleader that brightens the heart and lift the spirits of those who may be having a hard time in life right now.
Oh, what joy! We don’t have to know the total story of another. All we have to do is try to treat everyone who crosses our path with respect and a willingness to radiate the goodness of God onto them. Perhaps all we have to have is a kind word ready on the tongue to bless the life of another. After all, the Bible does tell us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue . . .” (Pro. 18:21). There is power in the words we speak to others and in any encouragement we can give.
1 Thessalonians commands us to “edify one another.” That word “edify” means to build up. Or, as I like to say, to cheer on! The things we do and say in life should make people feel encouraged. It should inspire them to go on and not give up. It should show them to Whom we belong. “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and the things wherewith one may edify another,” (Rom. 14:19). It’s looking for ways to touch the life of another through encouragement.
Lift someone else today. Send out a ray of sunshine from you to them. Let them feel the warmth of the love of God in you. Let them know that there is something special in them. And, yes, make them feel that they matter. Be an encourager today! Be a spirit lifter!
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