Date: Saturday, September 1
Scripture: Romans 15:1-7
Verse: “Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor.” -Romans 15:2 (NRSV)
The story is told of a young girl of maybe 5 or 6 who used to love to get the mail from the mailman every day. The mailman used to call her “Miss America.” “Here’s today’s mail, Miss America,” he would say. Or sometimes it would be, “How is my little Miss America doing today?” The little girl loved to hear those words. They made her feel good about herself, and even to believe in herself to the point where one day she became Miss America.
I can’t verify that story is true, but I know enough like it – a teacher who told a child how smart they were until they got straight A’s, a parent who encouraged a talent, or the power of a spouse believing in a dream. Our love and support can have a tremendous impact on others in our lives.
May you and I be people who are building up our neighbors to be the people of God they have been created to be.
Prayer: Give me the courage O God, to share an encouraging word with the others in my life.
Action: Consider joining a Blueprint for Discipleship class beginning next Sunday. How can you build up another in their faith? How can you allow another to build you up?
And join us tomorrow in worship for Pastor Joe’s sermon “Come Together” at Tri-Lakes United Methodist, 8:30, 9:45, & 11:00am.