A drop in the OCEAN
Ladies and gentlemen… I have been busy!
I have been busy doing EVERYTHING else except blogging.
My ‘skyscraper’ apologies for depriving you of something to feed your soul.
Then again, a lot has been learnt especially about those things that are so minute but yet matter a great deal in the grand scheme of things.
Ponder on this for a while:
The million naira contribution was not complete without her hundred naira contribution
The earth is one of the billion members of the Milky Way Galaxy
Little drops of water make a mighty ocean!
We’ve been taught to think and dream BIG but do you really process how your so called little quota could really be making a HUGE difference?
Do you really understand the MIGHTINESS in your little acts?
There’s a man called Barnabas in the Bible. Barnabas means ‘Son of encouragement.’ Guess what? This was actually his nick-name! There’s a lot to learn from this gentleman.
Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. (Acts 4: 36-37)
Have you ever seen someone’s face light up at the sight or sound of money? Well, Barnabas sure encouraged the apostles with his pocket. Nothing stops you from doing what little you can do. You may not be able to pay someone’s school fees but you sure might give someone a break from thinking about the source of their next meal. It doesn’t even have to be money! Let your actions show that you care.
When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. (Acts 9:26-27)
Saul had been a threat to the church and it was weird how all of a sudden, he was suddenly preaching the Word! Even the apostles needed to be convinced of his conversion. So, Barnabas steps in, encouraging this young convert by bringing him forward and telling his story so that the church would embrace him.
So many people require us to speak up for them in their unique situation. Christ is Our Advocate and He can show us how to help others one person at a time.
News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. (Acts 11:22-24)
Barnabas once again to the rescue! When news reached the Church in Jerusalem that certain people overseas had come to believe in Jesus, they decided that Barnabas was the best person to send. Take note that he didn’t just flatter people but he was a man led by the Holy Spirit to advance God’s kingdom through encouragement.
Have you noticed how someone’s compliment can just be the highlight of your day? Let’s not talk about those who words are designed to pull down.
The point is you have a choice to be an Encourager or a Discourager through your words, attitude and actions.
What is in your hands and in your mouth?
You are a vital ingredient in the grand scheme of things.
Without you the stew is not tasty enough.
Stop belittling yourself. Just stop it!
This is not motivation. This is reality.
This reality can only be realized with the help of the Holy Spirit….and before you ask the next question, He is willing to help you see FAR AND BEYOND!!!
PS: I just want to use this opportunity to blow kisses and throw hugs to those who have encouraged me in my life’s journey. You are just too precious. The world needs more of your kind!