What if you plowed a 100,000-acre field with a team of horses and no one seemed to notice or care? What if you didn’t even know if the seeds you planted would sprout and bear a harvest?
Many of our fellow Christian workers feel this way. They plow the fields preaching, teaching, writing, delivering messages of hope and encouragement, but few people ever stop to say thanks.
Barnabas was known as the Son of Encouragement (see Acts 4:36), I wonder how many people encouraged Barnabas?
Please remember to thank the field plowers, those who follow Christ and point us to follow Christ. Please remember to encourage others. One word, one pat on the back, one hug, one letter, one email, one thank you, provides strength, hope, and motivation.
Please also remember when you are generous with your encouragement, you will also receive encouragement. “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” ~ Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)
Be an encourager to those in Christian ministry and encourage your brothers and sisters in Christ. Encourage the young mom plowing the field at home, the waitress, waiter, the worker at the office or behind the counter. Every one of us needs encouragement, “So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it. And now, friends, we ask you to honor those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love!” ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11-13 (MSG)