1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

Golfers have their caddies and even surfers have their coaches. In life and in ministry we need those really good friends who speak truth and encouragement and life when we need it most.

In this month’s Personal Story, we read about Poi, someone who has been a great encouragement to Bryan over the years. Bryan recalls times in his life when the Lord led Poi to call and encourage him — times when Poi’s words were exactly the encouragement Bryan needed.

Sometimes we think people like this are just naturals. “It’s just their personality!” we tell ourselves.

Yet, Poi shares that this was not at all how he was before he became a Christian. He described his life before Christ as being “like a hurricane”, one where he damaged other’s lives. When Poi got saved he believed the Lord said to him “I didn’t make you for that. I made you to encourage others and to build others up.”

And that calling on his life, Poi says, made all the difference in the world. Ever since then, Poi’s life has been characterized by encouragement.

This reminds me that God created us all to be encouragers. It’s his game plan for believers to live victorious lives in this dark world. We need each other!

If you have an encourager in your life, stop and thank God for them now. Reach out to let them know the difference they have made in your life. And then consider: Is there someone you can encourage today? A simple call or visit can make all the difference in someone’s day. Stay tuned to God’s leading, and never miss a chance to fulfill your purpose as an encourager in the world today.


Written by Monica Swanson • monicaswanson.com