There was a man in scripture by the name of Barnabas. It is interesting that a name in scripture often reflected something of the character of that person. Barnabas means “son of encouragement” (Acts 4:36). Barnabas was one of the first who came to the great apostle Paul after his conversion and encouraged him or “urged him forward” (Acts 9:27). Wouldn’t it be great to be known as a Barnabas?
I recently asked a group, “What is encouragement?” Answers ranged from a boost, a lift, motivation, strengthening. Have you ever noticed how much encouragement energized you?
The opposite of encouragement is discouragement. The world’s system is not to encourage others, lest they get ahead of you. The world system is to discourage, to be sarcastic, to point out faults or to use false flattery to meet selfish objectives.
The Christian should be living a different lifestyle. After looking into God’s word and being encouraged, we should be encouraging others. Have you ever seen someone who encourages become the encouraged?
How then do we encourage?
- Point out good qualities in others
- Pat someone on the back
- Share an encouraging scripture
- Pray for someone
- Recognize a person’s gift and let him or her know
- Tell someone how his or her life has impacted your own life
- Maximize a person’s strong points
We miss you Richard and are proud to name our new student lodge after you.