Every Time Counts

  • July 5, 2016
  • #8917

Seemingly insignificant words and deeds can lift up and encourage others, and God takes note of each one we offer.

Every Time Counts

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada, and welcome to Joni and Friends.

You know, I always think it’s so odd, so amazing the way God will encourage us, sometimes in the most strange and unique ways. Like for instance: About a month or so ago, my husband Ken took me to have my eyes examined. Since I had to remain in my wheelchair, the technician (his name was Raymond), helped position me in front of every machine. You know the ones I’m talking about, where you look into this big thing with eyeholes, and then they switch one lens after another to determine which works best with your eyesight? Then there’s the machine that you have to get real close up to and it emits a puff of air against your cornea? Then there’s that other machine where you rest your chin and they shine different lights into your eyes? Well, Raymond had to direct me as I powered my wheelchair this way and that, inching forward, bending down, and getting into the exact right position to accommodate the height of each machine. I would hold my breath, Raymond would quickly take the measurement, and then he would say in a half whisper, “Good job!” After the second test, again, he commended me, “Good job!” Finally, my husband, on the third machine, echoed him too, saying, “Good job!”

Now you are going to think this is funny, but those two little words were so encouraging. Because earlier in the day I had a hard day dealing with a lot of pain in my wheelchair, and well, it just felt good to do something and hear somebody say, “Good job!” It really brightened my heart. And what was so odd was, those words were so minor, so incidental, so off-the-cuff. Raymond (I don’t even know that he’s a believer) had no idea how he encouraged me that afternoon. But he did encourage me. And I think God was the one who prompted him.

Proverbs 25, verse 11 says, “Words aptly spoken are like apples of gold in settings of silver.” That little encounter with Raymond, the eye technician, reinforced a lesson I know well. And that is, every word of encouragement counts. Every encouraging word means something. Look, I have lived this wonderful truth all my life. Every uplifting note I write, every letter I send or phone call I give to someone who hurts and is struggling; every message shared from platforms great and small; every time I name the name of Jesus or give His love, all of it counts. Hebrews chapter 4, verse 13 tells us that nothing is hidden from God's sight, “… Everything is uncovered and lay bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Whoa! That’s a weighty responsibility for a Christian, but don’t let it alarm you. It’s also very good news. It means that God is taking note of every little incidental encouragement you offer up, every seemingly insignificant good deed you do, every apple of gold you give through your words, even something as innocuous as saying “Good job” to commend another’s effort.

You know, there’s more to be said about these precious apples of gold, and it’s all laid out in a beautiful pamphlet on Proverbs, biblical wisdom for today. I’d love to send it to you as a free gift, so please connect with us today on my radio page at joniandfriends.org and ask for your free gift on Proverbs. Finally, today, please be encouraged yourself; your good words and your actions count in God's eyes. This week, let everything you say and do encourage someone else, and make God look good in their eyes. Because one day on the other side of eternity, you really do want to hear the Lord Jesus say, “Good job!”

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