I’ve never met a person who has asked me to stop encouraging them. Trust me, no one has ever said, “Please stop, no more encouragement, I just can’t take anymore!”
What I have discovered is quite the opposite. I and so many others need a constant flow of encouragement to help us continue the race and fulfill our God-given dreams and call.
That’s why I’m launching “Inspire” as a regular featured post here on the blog. My goal is to offer you a short article that inspires you to greatness in God and into fulfilling all that the Lord has placed in your heart!
The word “inspire” comes from two root words. The first word is “in” which means “into”. The second part of the word is “spire” which means “breath”. Inspire means “to breath into”. It’s original intent was that of a divine or supernatural being imparting life and truth. My goal is to INSPIRE you. To breath God’s life, hope and encouragement into you because He wants the goals and dreams He has placed in your life to be realized.
Let’s consider the New Testament character, Joseph who was given the name Barnabas (son of encouragement). He was given this name because he constantly encouraged others. To encourage means to “put courage into” someone. He inspired leaders to be courageous!
Acts 4:36 “Thus Joseph, who was also called by the Apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus,”
Now think about this for a second. His REAL name is Joseph NOT Barnabas (which is his surname). The “surname” for someone is given to them through the dominant character quality others see in them. Joseph’s name became Barnabas because he inspired others (including the great Apostle Paul and other apostolic leaders) to greatness!
Luke includes Barnabas as a key player in the book of Acts to let us know just how important a person who inspires others is! Yes, one who encourages, inspires and brings hope plays a major role in changing the world just as Barnabas did. This is how powerful encouragement and inspiration are.
Join me regularly for the INSPIRE! post. Share the journey with me. Add your comments and let me know what you think!
Question: What is one area you need encouragement the most in? Do you have a favorite quote or encouraging Bible passage to pass along to others that will inspire them?