Don’t Forget The “E” Word!
“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good
deeds . . .” (Hebrews 10:24.
The “E” word is easily forgotten in this self-centered society. For
example, did the one who organized those successful summer trips from
reservations to excursions; packing, and unpacking ever hear it?
And what about when the knock at the door comes, and upon opening it
we’re greeted with, “Hi, it’s me, Mr. Holiday”. Again, will those
working tirelessly behind the lines hustling and bustling creating an
atmosphere of thanksgiving, joy, and hope by cooking, wrapping, and
decorating ever know the “E” word (s)?
Barnabas, an apostle, lived as one of Jesus’ great witnesses in sharing
Christ. But he excelled through using the mysterious “E” words
extensively: Encouragement! (Even his name is translated as Son of
Encouragement). As Dr. Jeremiah said, “Barnabas gave Paul his start,
pulled Mark out of his failures, provided funds for the Early Church,
and cheered everyone busy in the Lord’s work.” (July Devotion 2023).
However, Barnabas, and many of his efforts, are not all recorded like
the other apostles. He quietly and faithfully fulfilled God’s command
to: “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up,” (1
Thessalonians 5:11), whenever and wherever he could!
Truly the “E” word is one of the most miraculous healers of a
downtrodden heart. And it isn’t the size, but the simple words or
actions: a pat on the back; offering help; or saying, ‘hey you’re doing
great,’ (Doing this to those at the window on a drive-through, works
wonders!), making a call, or sending notes etc.
And like the results of Barnabas’ efforts, ours too, will keep giving
and giving like ripples in a pond from one pebble of Encouragement.”