Find Someone to Encourage Today

I got an email this weekend while I was traveling about Washington State from Adam, a 22-year-old who works with a campus ministry in Kentucky. I can’t tell you how much his words refreshed me personally and encouraged me to give my life afresh to what God has asked me to do. I hope you don’t mind me sharing it with you:

I stumbled across your site about a year-and-a-half ago, and my life hasn’t quite been the same since. Your article Why I Don’t Go to Church Anymore is one of my favorite things to read in times of discouragement on the road to a different way of doing this thing we’ve so often cheated ourselves out of–the Church.

This email really doesn’t have much of a point, other than to say thank you. I read your articles and pass them on to friends, and my life is honestly better because of what you’ve written, but more importantly because of what you’ve done. I can’t tell you how encouraging it is to check up on your site every so often and find that someone is actually doing this “dangerous” thing that so many claim can’t be done–living a healthy spiritual life in community outside of the institutional church. So, my prayers are continually with you, and I’ll be visiting your site, like always, as I search for guidance on my own journey. Here’s an honest “thank you.’

It amazes me how much strength and joy we can draw from a simple word of encouragement. Maybe that’s why the author of Hebrews told us to look for ways to encourage one another daily. Is there someone in your life who has had a profound impact on your own journey? Have you taken the time recently to tell them how much they have meant to you? You’ll never know how much they might gain from your simple words of affirmation from you. Why don’t you take some time and give them a call or write them an email today and let them know how Jesus has used them to touch and encourage you?

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  1. Dominic September 1, 2005 at 6:47 pm

    Well speaking of thank you’s!Wayne thank you for being here as a resource for all of us who never thought we would find a meaningful relationship with Jesus ever again after enduring the inner pain of being taught laws,rules and religion.To me you still have an amazing way of keeping the grace of God as reachable and not some "concept" that is far and distant that only the smart or knowledgble people learn to somehow personalize…..ministries like yours are so needed,again I THANK YOU too!

    Dom

  2. Dominic September 1, 2005 at 9:47 pm

    Well speaking of thank you’s!Wayne thank you for being here as a resource for all of us who never thought we would find a meaningful relationship with Jesus ever again after enduring the inner pain of being taught laws,rules and religion.To me you still have an amazing way of keeping the grace of God as reachable and not some "concept" that is far and distant that only the smart or knowledgble people learn to somehow personalize…..ministries like yours are so needed,again I THANK YOU too!

    Dom

  3. Eveloraine September 27, 2005 at 6:29 pm

    Be encouraged Wayne. Everytime I come to Lifestream I am blessed. Your article ‘The Shepherds Call’ changed my life. I knew ‘For God so loved the world’ but ‘the Shepherds call’ and then ‘He Loves Me’ convinced me that Jesus loved me. Now I no longer major on the fact that we are all sinners but Jesus loves us. Thank you – keep following Jesus

  4. Eveloraine September 27, 2005 at 9:29 pm

    Be encouraged Wayne. Everytime I come to Lifestream I am blessed. Your article ‘The Shepherds Call’ changed my life. I knew ‘For God so loved the world’ but ‘the Shepherds call’ and then ‘He Loves Me’ convinced me that Jesus loved me. Now I no longer major on the fact that we are all sinners but Jesus loves us. Thank you – keep following Jesus

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