Say It!

19 Nov
1st Thessalonians 5:11

In this verse, we are commanded to encourage one another and build up one another.

Encourage, or parakaleite, means to aid, help, comfort, and encourage. It comes from two words that mean “call to the side of”. We call someone alongside us so that we can encourage them.

Build up, or oikodomeite, means to build, rebuild, construct. Metaphorically it is to establish and confirm.

Recently, a couple of events happened that showed me that I don’t do this enough. A friend, who I hadn’t seen in twenty-some years, came up to me and said, “I was just talking about you yesterday. We were having some parent/step-parent issues at my school and I told them that I was in the car with you and your sons and step-sons once when your step-sons began complaining about their mother. You stopped the car and turned around and told them that you NEVER wanted to hear them talk about their mother that way!” Maybe it’s a small thing to you, but to me it was the most affirming thing I could have heard at that moment. 

I’m not telling you this to make myself look good, but to tell you how much it blessed me. This was the first incident that made me realize that I don’t always SAY IT! I may think it, but I don’t SAY IT!

The second incident happened in my homeschool classroom. We were reading King Lear, and I told them that when I read Romeo and Juliet in high school I went on to read most of Shakespeare’s plays. At that moment I realized how much my English teacher, Mary Francis, would have liked to have known that. She might also have been thrilled that I read most of John Steinbeck’s novels after we read The Grapes of Wrath.

I believe that Mary Francis would have been delighted to know that she fanned that flame. It’s so easy to encourage and build others up if we just take a moment to be intentional. SAY IT!

STC 22292, title page

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