Read Hebrews 3:13 & Hebrews 10:24-25 When we were little, there weren’t many other kids who lived around our neighborhood. Because of that, my sister and I spent most of our time playing random board games, especially during the winter. I was always super competitive, so I would be merciless in defeating her no matter what the game was. This may have included cheating from time to time. My sister would get so upset and discouraged at always losing and me “bending” the rules, that she would often get mad and quit. Many people get this same feeling when it comes to the discouragements we face, but you can’t just get mad and walk away from life. In the book of Hebrews, the author writes a couple of different times on the topic of encouragement. First, he tells us that we should encourage those around us every single day. If we do this, he says, we won’t become calloused by the deceitfulness of sin in our life. There’s something about encouraging someone else positively that helps us fight off the power of sin. Secondly, the author instructs us to think of ways to motivate and encourage one another to keep on doing good deeds and serving others. We are surrounded by discouragement in every aspect of our lives. Whether it’s scrolling through negative post after post on social media, having trouble at work, or struggling at home, our days are filled with discouragement. That’s why it’s so important to have people in our lives to motivate and encourage us to live the life that God has planned for us. If it’s important for us to have people in our lives to encourage us, it’s just as important for us to encourage those who are around us. You never know what the people you rub shoulders with every day might be going through. Sometimes and encouraging word can make all the difference in someone’s day or even life. Reflect Would you say you are more encouraging or discouraging to the people in your life? What can you do to become more encouraging? Pray As you pray today, ask God to help you be more encouraging in how you treat the people He has placed in your life. // TWO-A-DAYS // GO A LITTLE FARTHER WITH YOUR DAILY DEVOTIONS // Go through these questions with your spouse, kids, or friend, or you can even journal about the answers to these questions:

  1. What was the best part of your day?
  2. What was the toughest part of your day?
  3. Where did you mess up today?
  4. Where did you see God today?
DIG DEEPER: Today’s Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11 What To Do: Take a pen and paper or a notes app and write out as many observations as you possibly can as you read through the passage. Write out every detail you can think of no matter how useless it might seem. Here are some examples: Who’s the passage about? What’s it talking about? What instructions are included? Anything interesting that jumps out to you? Etc. Writing or typing out these observations will help you understand the details of the passage. ]]>