Alex Haley, the famous author of Roots, had a picture of a turtle sitting on a fence in his office. One day a friend looked at the turtle, then at Haley and asked, “Why do you have such an unusual picture?”
He replied, “Anytime I start thinking ‘Isn’t it marvelous what I’ve done!’ I look at that picture and remember how this turtle – me – got on that post.”
None of us would be where we are today without the help of others. It may have been a mother or father, sister or brother, Sunday school teacher or deacon, choir or youth leader. Someone, somewhere along life’s path was at the right place at the right time to nudge us forward. We may have forgotten the name, but it was the kind word during painful times that got us through the difficulty.
The great thing about the Christian community, the church, is that we can be an inspiration to each other in our daily walk. Often we see or hear of someone who is struggling or straining to get through a tragic event. It may be an illness or the death of a loved one, a problem at work or a difficult time learning a new skill, a family that is disintegrating because of a failed marriage. We Christians are to have a heart that shows Christ’s love, a voice through which He speaks and a hand with which He helps. Fortunate is the church with helpful encouragers.
Prayer: Father, open our eyes to see what You see, to do what You would have us to do and to lift the fallen. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Isaiah 41:6 Everyone helped his neighbor, And said to his brother, “Be of good courage!”