I became a believer when I was a freshman in college – it was a big life change. I began to read the Scriptures regularly, and study the lives of those influenced by Jesus. In those early readings I came across the Apostle Barnabas – I was challenged by his life. The name Barnabas means “Son of Encouragement,” and this was important as an early leader of the church.
Barnabas, like his name, was known for his kindness and for his ability to encourage others in their faith and commitment. We live in a difficult world where discouraging things happen. You get to value those who help encourage and build up others. A church of encouraging people is unstoppable.
Each time we speak kind words to our families, to our friends, and to fellow church members we follow the example of Barnabas. That example leads us to be generous – with our possessions and with our praise. That kind of living gives hope to those battling with feelings of hopelessness. It helps us encourage those who feel down, depressed, and dejected. Life can throw a lot of curve balls – but what an uplifting thing to have a friend or family member who boosts us and helps us along the way.
Even after all these years, I guess that I want to be a Barnabas – a “Son of Encouragement.” God is still in the process of giving gifts, and He uses ordinary individuals like us to encourage others. I’d invite you to encourage others too. Let your words this week be ones that build and boost others.
Prayer: Help me be an encourager today. Use my words, use my smile, use me to inspire and embolden people for the path they face. Help me help them see God.
Key verse: “Bright eyes cheer the heart; good news strengthens the bones.” Proverbs 15:30