Published April 17, 2012
I like the following story.
"An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy. He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, "Pull, Nellie, pull!" Buddy didn't move. Then the farmer hollered, "Pull, Buster, pull!" Buddy didn't respond. Once more the farmer commanded, "Pull, Coco, pull!" Nothing. Then the farmer nonchalantly said, "Pull, Buddy, pull!" And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch. The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times. The farmer said, "Oh, Buddy is blind, and if he thought he was the only one pulling, he wouldn't even try!"
We all need encouragement. Discouragement is a problem for everyone at some time in their life. Everyone will reach a point where they feel like they are all alone.
That is one reason we meet together on Sunday with other believers. We encourage others and they encourage us. We feed on the Word of God, we sing praises, we pray, we fellowship. All of these encourage us to keep on keeping on.
Another reason to keep serving the Lord and be encouraged is those who have gone before us. We read about them in Hebrews 12:1. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." Their lives serve as an example for us and we can imagine them standing and cheering as we continue serving the Lord.
So, whatever problem and discouragement you are facing this week, keep on. Allow others to know your struggles and support you in prayer. Trust God to provide the encouragement for you to endure. Know that God is with you every step of the way.
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