"Encourage Someone Today"
(by Alan Smith, Boone, NC)

7-5-2013 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #743

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This week's SOW Seeds Story, contributed by: Patije

Story of the Week
Encourage Someone Today
(by Alan Smith, Boone, NC)

I heard of a young student, attending a preaching school, who went home for Christmas break. A horrible snowstorm stranded the regular minister in another town where he had been visiting a member in the hospital. The leaders of the congregation asked the young man to substitute for the regular minister.

The young preacher started his sermon by explaining the meaning of a substitute. "If you break a window," he said, "and then place a piece of plywood over the hole -- that's a substitute."

After the sermon, a well-intentioned woman wished to compliment the young man. As she enthusiastically shook his hand, she said: "You were no substitute. You were a real pane!"

Ever gotten a compliment like that, where you went away scratching your head wondering how to take it?

It's easy to assume the worst. We live in a world where people are more often inclined to put you down than to lift you up, where they would rather ridicule you than encourage you.

Be different! Make it a point to say something encouraging to someone today, and do it in such a way that there will be no doubt as to your intention.

"Exhort one another daily, while it is called 'Today'..." (Hebrews 3:13a).

Have a great day!

Pastor's Quote of the Week
Each person has an ideal, a hope, a dream which represents the soul. We must give to it the warmth of love, the light of understanding and the essence of encouragement.

(From: Colby Dorr Dam )

The Prayer
Dear God,        
        Thank You for Your Constant Encouragement... May we more easily and more surely recognize it.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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