Fr. Jerry Schik, osc,

We live in a world where there is much focus on “one’s own” personal preference, desires, pleasures, interest, thinking and doing. Often all of the above-mentioned takes place in a person’s life with very little or no regard to “another.” To experience this in today’s world, you only have to drive the highway for a short while before this is displayed by someone. Even though it’s a mainstream thinking of our day, it is a clear disregard to Scriptural-based living, in which we are instructed to live life with the “One Another” at the forefront of our lives, thoughts and actions. 

Weekly, I receive two personal encouragements from friends. One is a fellow minister who has a gift for short one or two sentence personal words of encouragement. The other is a friend who writes and shares a short article referencing some Biblically-based truth that is worth considering. These have both become very special and a high point of my week as I await the word and insight of encouragement from them. 

I try to make sure my life is an encouragement to everyone I come in contact with, including those that aren’t interested in any, and I don’t mean by being overbearing. Hebrews 3:13 NIV states, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” 

The danger of rebellion against God was (and still is) so great in the day of this writing that believers were to encourage each other daily. This is best illustrated by picturing someone running alongside a long distance runner and exhorting them to finish the course in the face of fatigue, exhaustion and wanting to quit. I have literally had that scene happen to me personally while training in law enforcement. Let us be mindful we are not just to encourage those already in the faith walk, but also those who are not yet walking in faith with God. We are to encourage them by showing them the love of God we have for one another. Daily encouragement for those around us will have great eternal rewards. 

Mark A. Wetzler is pastor of the Mille Lacs Living Water Assembly of God Church in Wahkon.

 

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