I Appreciate You

"We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers."—1 Thessalonians 1:2

I don't think there is enough encouragement between brothers in life. Too often we tear each other down. We're critical of one another. We're quick to point out other faults and shortcomings, and even make a spectacle of them. We are fast to sarcasm, which escalates to scarcasm. We would rather poke, punch, and push rather than promote the successes of others. And why? Is this some strange form of self-preservation? Are we threatened and too insecure to offer a kind word to those who experience even the occasional success? The apostle Paul wasn't too proud to offer thanks and appreciation—he also supplemented it with "constant mentioning in prayers." Don't you love it when you are encouraged? If so, pass it on to someone else today. Be the encouragement a child, spouse, and friend needs.

DO THIS: Encourage some today.

PRAYER: God, I am thankful for <insert someone's name> because of the way they always <insert behavior>.

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