Do Something Today

I lead a small group of middle school girls for the discipleship program at The Potter's House School. Each week I am encouraged by the faith and love these young ladies have and by the testimonies shared by other leaders.

Today was a fun day at discipleship. A group of students danced into the gym where we meet to the tune of "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. With smiles on their faces, they passed out small pieces of paper to each person in the room. As I opened mine, I was not only delighted with what I read but motivated to do the same for someone else.

The verse for today's lesson came from 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15:

And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

Our gracious and godly leader, Patty, got us to think about how many negative messages we receive in a given week. These could be depressing news reports, discouraging visits to the doctor, insults, or our own negative thoughts. It's no wonder so many people struggle with depression and anxiety.

You're probably wondering what my slip of paper said... "Don't be afraid! Jesus is greater than all your troubles." We don't have to wait until someone is hospitalized or bed ridden or suicidal to share a message of hope. We can do something today, before we go to bed, to encourage someone.

I'm planning to print up slips of paper with a smiley face on one side and an encouraging verse or saying on the other. I'll keep them in my purse for when I think someone needs an anonymous word of encouragement. You could plan to step up your efforts to compliment people on their gifts or personality. You could write a letter to a sibling, child, or niece or nephew in college to encourage them to keep on keeping on. Whatever it is, take a moment today and encourage someone.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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