Hebrews 10:24-25Â Â and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Matthew 28:19-20Â Â “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Long before I was familiar with the verses above I was encouraged by my Aunt Jo, many times over the years when I don’t remember anyone else doing so. Even though we never lived close, Faye and I, over the first two thirds of our marriage traveled to visit with her and Uncle Delmar. During those years they felt more like my parents than my parents did. When they finally moved close to us even our son Jeff, when in High School, felt so comfortable with them he would make the twelve-mile trip to their home on his motor cycle. When Jeff was about sixteen, Jo predicted Jeff would someday be a pastor. We all thought that was one of those, hope it will happen statements, but today he is a Pastor. At the time I did not know how important their example and encouragement was to me and my family. Through my young years they were a big part of what helped keep me on a track that brought me back to the Lord. After returning to the Lord there were many people that helped encourage me in my growth in knowledge and wisdom of the Lord. They taught me how to observe the commands of Jesus, inside the walls of a church building, outside the walls, in restaurants, parks, homes, where ever we could get together. That’s how I grew to this point and I am trying to do the same for others, and my Lord Jesus. Why do I do it? Because the Lord commands it, and I want to. Like so many other things the Lord commands without explaining why, we learn why after we obey. I learned how much more I learn and grow In His wisdom, by helping others grow in Him.