Prefixes and suffixes are fascinating, donchaknow. They change a word totally. For example, Courage is something we admire and seek to show. It can be found in sports, war, danger or simply in silence. JESUS was quietly courageous HIS entire life. HE had the power to do anything to anybody, anywhere and anytime, but HE chose meekness and humility instead. What I am thinking about now is what “en” and “dis” do to the meaning of “courage”. You know how often I quote Pastor Adrian Rogers, well here is one of his best:
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Someone has well said that discouragement is a darkroom where the negatives of fear and failure are developed.
Some people are encouragers and others are discouragers. Have you ever met a discourager? They’re like a drink of water to a drowning man. They can brighten up a room by leaving it. They leave you drained and depressed.
But an encourager leaves you full and refreshed. God has cornered the market on encouragement. All encouragement comes from God. You’re never more like God than when you’re encouraging people and never more like the devil than when you are discouraging people.
Find a needy person and enrich him; a lonely person and include him; a misunderstood person and affirm him; an undiscovered person and develop him; a failing person and restore him.
I grew up in the shadow of a an expert in encouragement. Samuel Wade Austin was a magnet for folks who simply needed a friend who would walk through fire with them. From the time I became aware of the qualities of my Dad, I was amazed at the affection and sense of loyalty the various men of his ‘crew’ showed him. I also witnessed that same spirit in my wife’s father, William Chestley(Pete) Broussard. What a witness of positive these men were. Pete had men who followed him from job to job, all over the world. Dad had men who never failed to report wherever there was a house to build. My mother kept count of the number of quality homes he contracted and completed. Including many that bear the State of Texas Historical seal, there were over 200 (sometimes there would be 20 at-a-time). He also supervised crews building army camps all over the south. I have made every effort to be just such an encourager. I’ve not done as well as I would have liked since I suffer just a bit of depression, but I have tried. If there is one thing I leave behind, it is that memories will have more smiles than frowns. And that’s what I get from my Box of Chocolates. “There’s Power in the Blood of the man called JESUS!” AMEN