March 2 – Connect
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.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
Think about how many have the poor habit of discouragement. How easy it is to be the discourager! When that person speaks, it is always something negative. Hope and joy are dashed when they open their mouths. But this is not what we are supposed to be toward one another. God says we need to encourage one another and build one another up.
American baseball legend Yogi Berra first uttered the phrase, “It ain’t over till it’s over” at the 1973 National League pennant race. His team was a long way behind when he said it and they did eventually rally to win the division title. This statement tells people to wait; don’t make a judgment yet, because the struggle may turn around.
You see, what our church needs is a person like you and I who can pull the team together and declare a word of encouragement that brings unity and ultimately clarifies the win. Your words can change the game around!
Today’s prayer focus: Pray that God will use you to bring a greater sense of unity in our church family.