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An Encouraging Entrance

2 Corinthians 7:6 But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us by the arrival of Titus. Encourage - (def) give support, confidence, or hope to someone.

We all need encouragement don't we? To have not only a kind word from someone we value, but even just a good ole "you can do it" will suffice. In this great race of life we may feel like we are not equipped for distance, but that is when God kicks in his enduring love and grace and compels us to keep on going on. This encouragement is not just a temporary thing but a daily moment by moment shot of encouragement that causes us to "believe" again. I have had people in my life that from time to time helped me get over the hump of discouragement and I hope I have been a source of encouragement for them as well. But the reality of it all is this. Most of us have more people discourage us from following our dreams or what we believe we should be doing and that is a fact. In this present world selfishness, pride, and hatred are very present realities. So what do we do? We step in that gap and give encouragement to others and set the tone for what should be.

Have you encouraged someone today? Have you made that telephone call to say "you are doing great, keep it up!" Sometimes is doesn't even take those words to encourage someone but just a call out of the blue can be an encouragement. Time is gold and that gold is best seen in taking it to just contact someone. My best friend in the world got back in contact with me after many years of no contact and that phone call gave me such a boost and yes, it was a great encouragement. As Paul wrote to that fickled church in Corinth he really opened up about what they were facing and just one verse earlier in verse 5 Paul writes 5 When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside. The reality of what Paul and his fellow workers were facing was that they were fighting battles left and right and they were dealing with fear in their hearts. God intervened and encouraged them by sending Titus, their brother in the faith at just the right time. In my mind's eye I can see Titus walking in their midst and the result being confidence and comfort from his presence.

God used Titus then and he can use you now to do the very same. So, who needs an unexpected call or visit from you as a point of encouragement? Keep in mind God will do the same for you and at just the right time give you a word of encouragement from someone you really love and honor. A. W, Tozer wrote The purpose of good works isn’t to change us or save us; rather, it’s the demonstration of the change within us. So go and do that good work of encouragement and bless someone's life and I will do the same. It could have the same or even greater effect on that person than Titus had on Paul's life. Today is that day to make a call out of the blue and rekindle friendships with past friends and give them some well- needed encouragement. It might shock them, but that is all right.

The Pilgrimage continues.....

David Warren

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