Dave Jones

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."  I Thessalonians 5:11

In a recent article, Norma Goldman speaks about geese flying in formation.  By flying in a “V” formation, the flap of their wings creates uplift for the birds that follow, and by flying together in the “V” formation, the flock can extend their flying distance.  When the lead bird tires, it rotates back to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird in front of it, and in contrast, the bird that falls away from the flock, experiences the drag and resistance of flying alone.  All of the flock honk to each other to encourage staying together and to keep moving forward.

As we move through the challenging experiences of life, it is encouraging to know that we are not alone.  Not only do we have the presence of Jesus, we are part of a great body of believers, a “flock” if you will.  Flying along the path God has chosen for us, we are motivated and encouraged by the lift of fellow believers as they join us on the journey.  Moreover, our range of ministry is greatly extended when we partner together at home, in our communities, our work and our churches. 

Who could measure the value of encouraging words?  Your affirmation of a job well done and example of hard work will have an encouraging impact on other believers to carry on.  Give a “honk” to others - an encouraging word, a pat on the shoulder, a public word of approval, or a brief note to provide a spiritual lift.

Stepping into the lead so another can drop out for a period of refreshment is a good thing as well.  How blessed we are that God has prepared others to step in for a time while we catch our breath and regroup, especially during a rough period.

Perhaps you are not in a good place right now, weary or feeling the drag of being alone.  Whatever your specific challenges – family, work, finances, health, discouragement – God knows.  He has placed someone in front of you and someone behind you to ease the burden. 

Make sure you are not isolated from your church, take note of the one who is prepared to share your load and rejoice in God’s provision.  “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow” as one songwriter said.   Merry Christmas!

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my father
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been, Thou for ever will be

Great is thy faithfulness
Great is thy faithfulness
Morning by morning new mercies I see
All I have needed thy hand hath provided
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me


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