“Therefore encourage one another, and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
1 Thessalonians 5:11
by Krista Joy Bier
“That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ.” Colossians 2:2
The other day I was organizing my house, and I noticed a couple of items that had been given to me during pivotal times in my life. One of the items was a book that was created for me by some choir members. They gave it to me because I was moving from Washington and had to leave the church I had attended for 20 years. The book was filled with special memories and encouraging notes. It was a beautiful reminder of the impact we had made on each other’s lives during our time together.
Another was a journal that a friend had put together right after my divorce. It was also full of special notes, meaningful scripture, and comforting words.
I had completely forgotten about these until I stumbled upon them that day. I took some time to read through them, and once again, they filled my soul with gratefulness and love.
Sometimes we need the kindness of others to remind us that we are not alone.
We were created to love and encourage one another. Jesus did this so well, and He asks us to do the same.
What a joy it is to belong to the body of Christ and to know that I don’t have to live the Christian life by myself. I can be encouraged, loved, and built up by individual members of this church and this choir. I love the people that God has put in my life, and I want to fulfill my responsibility to build them up in return.
Here are some simple, practical ways we can do just that:
Pray for one another
Don’t just say you will pray for someone—really do it. When you learn of a request, write it down, keep a prayer journal, make a note in your phone, and pray for the request. Pray for the members of our worship department, leaders, and pastors. Pray that God will pour His blessing onto our ministry.
It is such an encouragement to see a full choir room and overflowing risers on a choir weekend. Every member is so valuable, and our church body is blessed when we have all of our voices singing praises to Him.
Fellowship with one another
Spend time together. Go out to dinner or eat at each other’s homes. Schedule fun activities, coffee dates, walks, or a BBQ in the park. The possibilities are endless. Get to know each other in a deeper and more meaningful way. Your lives will be richer for it.
Send a word of encouragement
When people come to your mind, slip a little note to them, message them on Facebook, send a scripture to their email, text them, or call them. There is nothing better than knowing that someone is thinking about you, missing you, or is concerned about you.
We are blessed to BE a blessing, so let’s get out there and bless the socks of one another.
“Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrew 10:25
On March 27th from 6:30-8:00, we will serve at SECOR
(located at the Solomon Center)
16965 Pine Lane
Parker, CO 80134
If possible, please bring eggs, 1 lb. of ground beef, and/or milk.
There is childcare available.