12-6-2018 – e-News

A Note from Pastor Kenneth
They did it again. I warned them not to. I told them a thousand times that if they did it one more time, they’d be in trouble. And guess what? They did it again. Michael and David have gotten into the lovely habit of picking on each other-not just on occasion like brothers do, but all of the time. One of them will say something, the other will respond with something negative or unkind, and then things escalate.
So, what did I do? I did something I’ve never done before. I had them both sit down and write out 25 things that they sincerely like and appreciate about each other. It took them longer than I thought it would, but when they finally finished, they read their lists to each other. Michael would read one thing that he appreciated about David, and David would respond. Then David would read one thing that he appreciated about Michael, and Michael would respond. This continued until they had read all 25 things that they liked about each other.
But a couple of lines in, something strange (I might even call it holy) happened, and the mood in the room began to change. Instead of one boy on the verge of tears and another rolling his eyes in frustration, smiles started to appear on their faces as they began to compliment each other. Their frowns melted away. An excitement bubbled up in their eyes. Their compliments became more and more sincere, and their responses showed more and more gratitude. Halfway through, we were all laughing and nodding in agreement while being blessed by the words they were speaking to each other. The heart of this father was warmed!
This experience demonstrates the simple value of kindness and encouragement. There is power in looking someone in the eyes and with heartfelt appreciation saying, “I think you’re great at _______,” or “You are talented at ______,” or “You are such a __________ person,” or “Thank you for ________.” Kindness and encouragement can go a long way.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (NIV).
Who can you look in the eye and encourage this week?
Learning to encourage one another!- Pastor Kenneth
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