"Therefore ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER and BUILD EACH OTHER UP, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11
This past Sunday, many of my church members wrote encouraging letters to me. They told me how much they loved me and appreciated me. I cannot tell you how blessed I am to be the pastor of such a loving church family! God has been so good to me and my family and so good to us at Start Baptist Church! Throughout His Word, God tells us to "encourage one another" and to "build each other up" in the faith. It is so important to really invest in the lives of those around us. We need to speak encouraging words into their lives. We need to build them up, not tear them down. Our words actually have the power of life and of death (Proverbs 18:21). I am thankful for the words of life that were spoken to me this past week. I am thankful for the words of life that are spoken to me so often, especially from my Start Baptist Church family.
Lord, I am thankful today for how You work in my life. I am thankful for the family and friends You have placed in my life. I am thankful for the encouraging words they speak to me often. I am thankful that they are building me up in my faith. I pray that You will help me to be an encourager to those You place in my path. I pray that You will help me build others up in any way that I can. Thank You, Lord, for being so good to me. Amen.