Verse of the Day

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."

~I Thessalonians 5:11

Today's Devotional Thought

August 31, 2012 by Rachel Piferi



I found a box in my closet recently full of old stuff from the last week I worked at Johns Hopkins. I don't really remember putting together this box, but from the contents of it, it looks like I just threw a bunch of stuff together at the last minute. I imagine I was cleaning up those last few things from my desk and office.

In the box, I found a going away card from my research team.

I smiled as I read their comments and remembered this special group of people. The research project was very special and everyone on the team was very committed to it. We spent a lot of time together and had gotten really close. We celebrated when new grant money came in or we reached a new stage of the project and we struggled through some stressful times too. And while we certainly had our moments of high stress and some conflict, the group was a very tight group.

As I read through their comments, one comment brought a tear to my eye. It was a simple sentence and it was written by one of the younger members of our team. She had come to us right out of college and she was very bright. We quickly saw that she had talent and soon she was leading one of the sections of the project.

I remember spending a lot of time talking with her when she would have moments of feeling overwhelmed or when she felt like she was over her head. I did not want her to quit, even though she oftentimes thought she just couldn't keep up the pace that the project required. We talked a lot and I enjoyed my conversations with her immensely. She truly was talented and I wanted her to believe that she could do it, even though she was young.

And this is what she wrote on my card: Thank you for believing in me.

It made me smile. I did believe in her. And it made me think about all of the people who cross our paths who may need us to believe in them. Whether it is taking on a new task, coping with a struggle in life, fighting an addiction, working through a marital problem, or chasing a dream, everyone has something that they need encouragement in, support in, and just someone to believe that they can make it.

As you go about your day today and in the coming days, I encourage you to show others that you believe in them. And, more importantly than that, that you serve a God that you believe can help them through whatever they may be facing.

It is so powerful when someone shows you that they believe in you. And, you never know when you may help them persevere when they just don't think they can take it anymore. Believe in someone today!

Memorize this verse today:

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
~I Thessalonians 5:11

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