About two weeks ago I was talking to my mom on the phone.
She told me I am one of the most encouraging people she knows.
It made me cry.
To be honest, I hadn't seen myself as a very
"encouraging" person the past few months.
I felt like it was something I "used" to be good at, but
being an encouraging person didn't seem to fit me anymore.
My mom challenged me and asked,
, "But, don't you feel like that's a gift God gave you?"
Feeling down on myself, I said, "I don't think so."
A few days later we went to church-
we were in our final teaching called
"Courageous Faith Encourages Others."
Even if you don't know much about the Bible, please keep reading.
This particular teaching was new to me, too.
It was from 2 Timothy 1, written by Paul to Timothy.
Paul greatly encouraged Timothy in his faith.
Paul constantly prayed for Timothy. (2 Timothy 1:3)
He encouraged Timothy to be bold in his faith (2 Timothy 1:7)
Paul reminded him that following the Lord would lead to suffering at times,
but that suffering was not something to be ashamed of. (2 Timothy 1:8-9, 12)
What a blessing to have such a faithful teacher,
so full of great wisdom and encouragement.
During the sermon, the pastor asked,
"Are you an encourager or are you in need of encouragement?"
I thought about that for a moment before he continued on to say,
"As a Christian, you are one of those two things.
There isn't an in between."
This really hit me in my heart.
I realized at that moment that I'd been in need of encouragement.
I also realized that it's okay to be in need of encouragement.
I'd like to ask you something- please answer in your heart.
Are you a Timothy in need of encouragement or a Paul desiring to encourage?
If you are a Timothy- and in need of encouragement, don't be ashamed.
If you are a Paul, please take a look around you.
I'm certain there are Timothy's around you who could use your encouragement.
How does your example of faith encourage others to have courage?
Be courageous in your faith.
After all, courageous faith encourages others.