Today’s Scripture: And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. Acts 9:26-27

The really great man is the man who makes every man feel great. -G.K. Chesterton

How embarrassing to go through two jobs in four weeks! One author wrote about a man who, after losing his office job, was ready to quit his new construction job because of a negative work environment. His foreman and coworkers often swore at him and ridiculed his mistakes.

He told himself, “I just can’t handle any more of this.”

On the day he planned to quit, shortly before his lunch break, he was given an envelope which contained his paycheck. With the check, he found a handwritten note from the payroll clerk. She wrote: “…Just wanted you to know that I’m praying for you these days.” At his lowest hour, she gave him the courage to go on.

We all need encouragement. Sometimes, life is downright frustrating! But we’re not expected to endure it alone. Others who come beside us can help us through our hardships. A word of encouragement goes a long way.

Maybe your job demands increase faster than you can manage them. You may be feeling the burden of ridicule from your difficult boss and coworkers, or you could be watching someone else struggle with these things.

If you need encouragement, know in advance where you can turn to find it. If you see someone else who needs it, be an encourager for them. Your kind word may give them the courage to go on.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.