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"Encourage Someone Today "

March 20, 2007

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But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called Today, that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13

Six years ago, Christa Lilly suffered a heart attack and stroke six that caused her to become comatose. She was unresponsive and unable to communicate. She awoke earlier this month for three days.

The doctors couldn’t explain why Christa woke up, but she did. Her mother walked by her room and she always talks to her weather she receives a response or not, so she asked, “How you doing.” Christa replied, “I’m fine.” Her mother was startled and happy. She gave her a word of encouragement everyday. Since she’s been up she gave an interview to a local news station, ate a piece of cake, and saw her twelve-year-old daughter, three grandchildren, and told visitors, “I think it’s wonderful. It makes me so happy.”

Then, after three days, Christa slipped back into a coma.

“What would you do if you were her in her situation?” What would you want to eat? Who would you want to visit you? Would you like to apologize to anyone? Who in your life would you leave an encouraging word? What would you say if God brought you back from a coma? What advice would you give to your twelve-year-old girl who you were speaking to for the first time in years?

I wondered, “What would I do and say if God gave me such an opening?” Then I realized that God has already given me this present time.

Just like Christa, we don’t know how much time we have. We don’t know if we will see the end of this day, or dawn tomorrow, but we do know God has given us this moment. What will we do with this gift from God? We should exhort one another every day, as long as it is called today.

Sin is designed to harden our hearts and turn us from the Savior. Christians should make the most of every day by encouraging and strengthening each other in the Christ. Jesus has given us today. Give an encouraging word today to your spouse, child, love one, and especially those who don’t share in the love of Jesus Christ.

THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, my limited vision cannot see what this day will bring. I cannot predict what will happen. I only know You have given me salvation through the Savior. May I share that Gift and encourage others who I see today. I ask this in the Name of Jesus Who strengthens me. In His Name. Amen.

Today's Bible Readings: Numbers 26-27    Luke 1:1-20

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