Sunday, December 07, 2014

December 7, 2014 … Teamwork

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 341

Devotional Video: ...  Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in a brief news story on Johnny Agar, Pushed By His Dad, … telling of the encouragement from family to excel in spite of Johnny’s cerebral palsy.

Highlight Passage #1 - NKJV Hebrews 10: 24 … God’s call for togetherness in His Church …
  24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, … .
Highlight Context – Hebrews 10: 19-25 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK …   Jesus knows and calls “Zacchaeus” by name

Reference Passage #1 – Philippians 2: 3-4 [NKJV]USE THIS LINK …   Looking out for the interests of OTHERS

Reference Passage #2 - NKJV 1st Thessalonians 5: 11 … Encouragement is a reflection of God’s grace and love from His Church – TOGETHER!!
  11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. 

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Dave Branon, uses a story of the caring exploits of “team Agar,” a father-son team who often “run” long distance marathons together … with the son, Johnny, who has cerebral palsy, being pushed or assisted on the races by his dad, Jeff. [See the linked story/video above.]

Johnny’s dad, Jeff, got his son involved at an early age in these long-distance running events, where Jeff would push Johnny in a specially designed wheelchair. And more recently Johnny has developed the ability to “run” in the races with a special running frame, again with his dad’s assistance. [See the attached photo]

 As the ODB author points out, “team Agar,” is a good personal depiction of the way Christians should be to one another, especially when a brother/sister in Christ perceives that another fellow human could use some kind of assistance or encouragement. Today’s highlight Scripture passage and the other reference verses are God’s exhortations to reach out beyond self and to encourage others – at the least – or to do all we can to help others who need our assistance.

 And I was convicted today to do another self-inventory. Can we look at our lives and honestly say we are encouraging others – REGULARLY; … or even more importantly, are we reaching out to help others we see who might need what we can offer in the way of time, resources, or assistance? Revealing mirror, isn’t it?

My Prayer for Today … Lord, Jesus, … show me someone today who might need You using me in some way. Amen

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