Pastor Michael

  • April 29, 2016
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Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and I need encouragement.  And I know you do, too.  But how often do we jump at the chance to encourage?  I’m thinking of Pastor Michael who had a series of strokes that paralyzed him on his left side, so he now uses a wheelchair.  Having a disability has really taught Pastor Michael about the power of encouragement.  He said, “Joni.  I spend much of my day alone, which gives me ample opportunity to read His Word and pray.  I used to get discouraged by how seldom someone would write, or text me, or call.  But then the Lord instructed me to look, think, and pray for people I could encourage with a quick note.”  Now that is a great attitude to have:  taking the focus off yourself and looking out for the interest of others, as Philippians chapter 2 tells us to do.  So take a hint from Pastor Michael.  Do not hesitate: make that call, text that friend, and encourage!

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