“Encourage each other”

small group of us attended a “Singer-Songwriter” concert in a beautiful outdoor setting overlooking a golf course. 

We all like golf (some of us can hit one out of three golf balls in the general direction we’re aiming), and we all liked the idea of learning how a song gets written. The evening did not disappoint. 

On the stage were four guys ranging in ages from their late 20’s to early 60’s. Every one of them had written not one or two, but several hit songs for a variety of famous country artists. For the most part, I knew every song. To be fair, I drive a pickup truck so, of course, I listen to a lot of country music.

The “backstories” were very intriguing as they explained how they came up with the idea or concept for a particular song. We would laugh with them as they explained how they had written a “huge hit,” except no one else knew it. In some cases, it took five to 10 years for their “hit” song to get recorded.

Most of them felt they had made terrible decisions trying to become professional songwriters. No one would listen. No one cared. Family and friends all urged them to get “real” jobs. But…for every one of them, there was at least one person who believed in them. 

That was all it took: one person to stand with them, encourage them, and believe in them.

For one, it was his mom. For another, his dad, or a close friend or a grandma. But in every case, that “cheerleader” was the difference maker. That one person refused to let them give up and stood with them through it all.

F COURSE, spiritual applications abound. The Apostle Paul tells us to, “Encourage each other and build each other up, just as  you are already doing”  (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NLT).

He also says, “We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord” (Romans 15:2 NLT). 

As the songwriters told stories and sang their hit songs, I couldn’t help but thank the Lord for those He has put in my life who “refused to give up on me.” I also thought of those God has brought into my life who could use my encouragement.

You do know, don’t you, that your prayers and financial partnership to LOGOI’s Ministry are always encouraging and building up national pastors and leaders? In very real ways, God is using you to be a “cheerleader” to encourage others. It is a beautiful testimony of God’s children working together to “build up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). 

As I was writing this letter to you, we received this email from Pastor Boris in Cali, Colombia. “My wife and I serve the Lord with all our hearts in the spreading of the gospel in Cali. We are planting a new church, preaching God’s Word, and preparing people for ministry. LOGOI resources are such a blessing, not just for me, but for those God is giving us to hear the Gospel. Thank you for helping us!” 

I felt like I went to church overlooking the golf course and listening to the songwriters’ music. Whether they knew it or not, they were giving glory to God with their talents. They lifted my spirits with joy and encouragement and, without even trying, they reminded me that my Heavenly Father will “never leave me or forsake me” (Hebrews 13:5). You either!

So now, right where you are, God can use you to encourage pastors and leaders today with your prayers and gifts. As the Apostle Paul said, Come on… “Let’s encourage each other and build each other up.” Sounds fantastic to me.