Encourage One Another


My big brother used to pick on me.  For Dee (my big brother) no day was complete unless he had made mine miserable.  He stole my allowance.  He called me a sissy.

But all his cruel antics were offset by one great act of grace on a summer day in the park. He picked me to play on his baseball team.  Everyone else was a middle-schooler.  I was a third-grader.  I went from the back of the pack to the front of line, all because he picked me.  Dee didn’t pick me because I was good.  He called my name for one reason only.  He was my big brother.  And on that day he decided to be a good big brother.

The New Testament has a word for such activity–  encouragement.  “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).  This is how happiness happens.

By Max Lucado
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