Son of Encouragement

Acts 4:36 “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement) . . . .”

Among the early Christians in the book of Acts, we encounter Barnabas, who is described at the end of chapter four as “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement) . . . .” Here is a man whose given name is largely forgotten in favor of a nickname that expressed his personality: Son of Encouragement. We have all met people who deserve the title “the Son (or Daughter) of Discouragement,” and because of that trait we find that life is more pleasant when avoiding them. But have you had the experience of being down, feeling the weight of the everyday problems of life when someone says the perfect thing at the perfect time, a compliment, a funny comment, a word of support? That kind of encouragement can suddenly change your whole day; it picks you up, gives you optimism, and suddenly the everyday issues don’t seem so burdensome. Why not be that person? It does not take much effort. Praise a coworker, compliment a family member, encourage a friend.

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