An Encouraging Word
Three Practical Musts to Live Today
Living in this world is discouraging. News casts are filled with stories of unspeakable acts of violence, and destructive natural and man-made disasters.
It’s a very frightening time. You start to feel helpless. What can you do? How do you cope?
There are, however, three practical things we can do to ease our minds and bring hope to this fallen world.
Pray. Philippians 4:6 says: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, and thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Take time to speak with the Lord. Ask Him for the strength you need to get through and to be a light to the world. He’s listening.
Be kind. Colossians 3:12 says: “As God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Don’t be afraid to let your light shine. A simple smile and a friendly hello can go a long way in brightening the life of someone else. Go out of your way to be nice. Give an encouraging word. Bite your tongue when you need to. Show love. Do things to help others, especially when they can’t do anything for you in return.
Prepare for Jesus’ return. 2 Peter 1:5-8 says: “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. By doing this you will be able to boldly share the Gospel. You’ll know why you believe and you’ll be able to share your life-changing experience with those who need to hear.