Building up others means to edify, encourage, and uplift them so they will be strengthened inwardly to persevere despite difficulty. Encouragement seeks to infuse difficulty with meaning. Without that sense of meaning, hope and the will to go on fades.
The Bible says, “give thanks in all circumstances…” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NIV). But being thankful for trials doesn’t seem right and we wonder if that is what God really wants of us.
I couldn't have completed Day 3's gruelling 161 km without Jim. While the ride started out as a personal marathon, Jim's encouragement taught me the most important lesson I've encountered about teamwork.
In his message, Chuck Swindoll takes us to the shortest verse in the Bible, “Rejoice always” (1 Thessalonians 5:16 NASB), that it may fill our every hour as we toil day by day, month by month, and year by year in God’s vineyard.
Thanksgiving is a holiday with deep, biblical roots. It’s a day for those who belong to Christ Jesus to look up, around, and within as we use three magnificent words that can completely change our perspective: “Thank You, Lord!”
Have you noticed the happiness of grateful people compared to the unappreciative? Gratitude and happiness seem to stick together, like two tight-stitched friends. Where we find one, we find the other.
We’re all curious about the future, but we need to accept the fact that many aspects of God’s truth remain a mystery. As Christians our job is to stay alert and ready for the Day of the Lord.
Here are five great ways to stay young: develop your mind, enjoy your humour, use your strength, pursue opportunities, and serve and seek God.
Often the best gifts in life are unexpected and better for us than we could imagine. Parents, do you have a vision for your children’s future? It’s so important to recognize our children’s natural skills and abilities and encourage them to reach for their potential.
You don’t have to look very far to find someone who needs your encouragement and your friendship. Whatever time you invest in others is time well spent.