15 You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people. I urge you, brothers and sisters, 16 to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it. 17 I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition. 1 Corinthians 16:15-18
Let’s face it, none of us have it altogether. Over the next week we’ll come up with a dozen resolutions to make us better. Most of them will fail within the week. We all know that but we make the promises anyway.
Paul acknowledged that people refreshed and encouraged him. He didn’t have it altogether but he knew that others would pick up the slack, so to speak. We don’t know what they did to refresh his spirit, but their names made it into the Bible.
I’ve always said it’s never to late to encourage, especially in this day and age. It seems people are discouraged at every turn.
A kind word. A short letter. A quick phone call. A simple email. Think of the last time someone encouraged you.