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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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July 23, 2013 - Simple But Powerful

By Gary Rogers

It is amazing how simple things can be so important. When a baby gets wide-eyed and a smile fills its little face because you are recognized for the first time. You receive a card in the mail and someone communicates that they are thinking of you. A friend you haven't seen for some time stops by to let you know they still care for you. A church member walks over to hug your neck before service begins.

Everyone needs and craves encouragement. It helps when someone says that you're doing a good job. To know someone is thinking about and even praying for you lightens your life's load. A gift of affection in the form of a smile or hug can completely change the outlook of your day.

The Bible reminds us of the simple power of encouragement. "Let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:25, NIV). "Your speech should always be pleasant and interesting, and you should know how to give the right answer to everyone" (Colossians 4:6, GNT). "What a joy it is to find just the right word for the right occasion!" (Proverbs 15:23). "A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver" (Proverbs 25:11, NIV). "What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words" (Proverbs 18:21, GNT).

Each of us with simple acts can build someone up. Simple acts of kindness should be the consistent trait in our lives. Ephesians 4:32 challenges us, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you" (NKJV). The simple traits of Christian living are some of the most influential and powerful things we do.

Whom have you encouraged today?

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

 

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