Have you ever stopped to consider the importance of encouragement, the act of coming alongside another person? This is what the Spirit does for us as He breathes new life, hope, comfort, and guidance into our lives. This is who we are called to be, leaders who serve people by coming alongside them to help them according to their needs. Sometimes our encouragement is tangible and practical, other times it comes through words and presence. Everyone everywhere needs encouragement. Where do you need God’s encouragement? Who will you come alongside today in Jesus’ name?

Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet. —Acts 4:36-37

Prayer: Father, thank You for sending the Spirit to come alongside me and breathe life and hope into me. Use me to encourage those I come into contact with today, in Jesus’ name and as Your representative, amen.