Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Importance Of Encouragement

Jackie Robinson was the first African-American to play for a major league baseball team. Although he eventually became highly respected for his many accomplishments, he had a difficult time breaking the “color-barrier.” Wherever he played, he had to prove himself again and again. The crowds enjoyed jeering him game after game.

Once while playing in a critical game, he committed an error. The fans immediately began to boo and ridicule him. Standing at second base, tears filled his eyes.

Suddenly, Pee Wee Reese walked over to where he was standing and put his arm around him, and faced the crowd. Suddenly the booing and jeering ended.

Later, Jackie Robinson said, “That arm around my shoulder saved my career!”

When “e” is placed next to “n” it forms “en” - which means “to give to” or “to cause.” And when we put the letters before “courage” it means that we “give to” or “cause” others to have courage. When we encourage others we show them understanding and compassion, and give them inspiration and strength, hope and help.

Prayer: Lord, all around us are the beaten and broken, discouraged and downhearted. Give us no peace until we comfort their pain. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: Acts 11:23 When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.

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