“In the past you have encouraged many people; you have strengthened those who were weak. Your words have supported those who were falling; you encouraged those with shaky knees.”
The story of Job in the Bible is a powerful story! It’s about a man who lost just about everything he owned; including his family and material things. Job was a man with high character and integrity. A man who obeyed God and feared God.
However, what’s tucked away in the two verses above that many have never noticed are three amazing character traits that described “who” Job was before calamity struck his life. Read them closely and ponder these three traits.
Encouraged Others: Job obviously made this a priority in his life. He took the time to pour life into others and build them up with his words. He encouraged people for what they could become. He was a glass half full not half empty leader.
Strengthened Others: Job took the time to give strengthen others. He strengthened others through his words, time and resources. Thinking of others, before himself. He invested in and developed others.
Supported Others: Job supported those who were scared. His words had meaning behind them. For those who were falling or felt like they could not endure any longer—Job made it a priority to offer hope with his words. He would help and assist others to become what they could be.
I remind you to take a lesson from the life of Job and the type of character and integrity he displayed (before calamity struck his life). How are you doing? Does your life characterize these three traits? Do you need to make some changes?
We can be all that and more—and calamity is still no respecter of persons. The rain falls on the just…and the unjust.
Remember—God doesn’t promise to keep us from adversity—however He does promise to protect us through adversity.
- Encourage others!
- Strengthen others!
- Support others!
Leverage your influence and leave a legacy that will far out live you when you are gone.
Be Worth Being,
Kevin Burrell has worked in professional baseball as both a player and MLB scout for the past 38 years, and currently serves as an area scouting supervisor. Kevin was drafted in the 1st round of the 1981 free agent amateur draft (25th selection overall), and played ten years of professional baseball with four different organizations. He and his wife, Valerie, live in Sharpsburg, Ga.
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