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Let Us Encourage One Another!
By Stan L. Caldwell

Many are the encouraging words in the New Testament. Paul by example encouraged others, 1 Cor. 11:1. Philemon refreshed the hearts of the saints, Philemon 7 & 21. Those assembling with the saints encourage one another, Heb. 10:22-25. Singing encourages others, Col. 3:16, and so forth.

Are you an encourager or a discourager? Do you seek to lift people up or bring people down? They say it takes far more effort to build a building than it does to wreck one.

We may not be able to do many things for the Lord that we would like to have the ability to do but encouraging others spiritually is what all of us should strive to accomplish. I am reminded often, when thinking along this line, of the widows I have known through the years that always sought to pick others up. The grin on their face was refreshing. The kind heart and words they spoke picked me up as well as others. We can become sour old people or we can grow in love and concern and ever be fruitful for the Lord.

One of the widows I grew to love in Danville, Indiana always would quote a little phrase that went something like this: "There is enough good in the worst of us and enough bad in the best of us that it little behooves any of us to talk about the rest of us." Though there are times when we must correct one another, we should ever strive to do so even then with a view of edifying and saving one another. Note the following poem and determine to ever encourage others in righteousness!

YOUR MISSION, Selected.

If you can not on the ocean
Sail among the swiftest fleet,
Rocking on the highest billows,
Laughing at the storms you meet,
You can stand among the sailors
Anchored yet within the bay;
You can lend a hand to help them
As they launch their boat away.

If you are too weak to journey
Up the mountains, steep and high,
You can stand within the valley
While the multitudes go by,
You can chant in happy measure
As they slowly pass along;
Though they may forget the singer,
They will not forget the song.

If you can not in the harvest
Garner up the richest sheave,
Many a grain, both ripe and golden,
With the careless reapers leave;
Go and glean among the briers
Growing rank against the wall
For it may be that the shadows
Hide the heaviest wheat of all.

If you can not in the conflict
Prove yourself a soldier true;
If where fire and smoke are thickest
There's no work for you to do,
When the battlefield is silent
You can go with careful tread -
You can bear away the wounded,
You can cover up the dead.

Do not then stand idly waiting
For some greater work to do;
Fortune is a lazy goddess,
She will never come to you.

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