The Gift of Encouragement

Yesterdays Morning Thought about Working Together to Kill Giants has sparked another thought.

Years before Israel was standing face-to-face with their opponents, the Philistines. Neither army moved because of a Philistine champion called Goliath.
This brute of a man stood almost ten feet tall, was muscular, and deadly.
The taunts continued day after day until a young man named David stepped forward.

As Goliath moved closer to attack, David quickly ran out to meet him. Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground. 1 Sam 17:48-49

What young David did was to give an incredible gift to the Israelites – he gave them encouragement.
The army rallied and defeated the Philistines that day.

When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they turned and ran. Then the men of Israel and Judah gave a great shout of triumph and rushed after the Philistines, chasing them as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron. The bodies of the dead and wounded Philistines were strewn all along the road from Shaaraim, as far as Gath and Ekron. 1 Sam 17:51-52

Here’s the rub – David’s gift of encouragement went much further than one day.

Yesterday’s Morning Thought indicates that a few years later, more men had the courage to stand against giants; and that one of them even saved David’s life.

Just think what you can do today!
You can give the gift of encouragement to someone to face the giants in their life. The day may come when they turn around and encourage and help you.

It has been said that you cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening your own.
Light a path today!

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