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“Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall go in there. Encourage

him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.” (Deuteronomy 1:38, NKJV)

This verse tells of God’s command to Moses to bless and encourage Joshua as he will be the one who will lead Israel into the Promised Land. Moses, at this time, has led Israel as far as he is to go. Now it is time for a new leader, Joshua, to take the lead. Moses was to encourage Joshua by reminding him that the same God that aided and guided him, would also be with Joshua in his leadership as well.

All of us sometimes need encouragement. At times everyone of us get down, frustrated and just wonder if what we are doing is appreciated and/or affective. These are the times when an encouraging word lifts the spirit and gives one the strength to carry on.

Take some time to encourage someone today. Tell somebody who you know works hard or does a good job that you appreciate him or her. Let someone know that their work or labor has meaning and is a needed contribution to the over all goal of the organization or family. Tell someone that just their presence in your life makes a difference in your day. Tell some child they are doing a good job in school or working around the house. Encourage someone you know is going through a difficult time to not give up but to keep the faith and fight on. Today make it a point to BE AN ENCOURAGER.

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