We are at the start of a new year and each twenty four hour period I can plan on what type of day I am going to have. Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money, OR…I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste. Today I can grumble about my health, OR…I can rejoice that I am alive. Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up, OR…I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born. Today I can cry because roses have thorns, OR…I can celebrate that thorns have roses. Today I can mourn my lack of friends, OR…I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships. Today I can whine because I have to go to work, OR… I can shout for joy because I have a job to go to. Today I can complain because I have to go to school, OR…Eagerly open my mind and fill it with new tidbits of knowledge. Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework, OR…I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my mind, body, and soul. Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me in so many ways. It depends on my perspective as a person of faith. I get to choose what kind of day I will have! Have a GREAT DAY friends unless maybe you have other plans.
Room in the Inn is an emergency shelter program that originated in Nashville, TN in the 1980’s and was brought to Jackson by Area Relief Ministries in 2007. ARM partners with local churches to feed and shelter homeless men in Jackson during the bitter cold winter months, November 1 – April 30, offering hospitality, fellowship, a warm meal, and a soft bed for the homeless men in our community.
Dr. Ernest Mellor wrote how he and his wife, “Sat charmed at an outdoor performance by young Suzuki violin students. After the concert, an instructor spoke briefly on how children as young as two, three and four years old are taught to play violin. The first thing the children learn, he said, is a proper stance. And the second thing the children learn—even before they pick up the violin—is how to take a bow. ‘If the children just play the violin and stop, people may forget to show their appreciation,’ the instructor said. ‘But when the children bow, the audience invariably applauds. And applause is the best motivator we’ve found to make children feel good about performing and want to do it well.’
“Adults love applause too. Being affirmed makes us feel wonderful. To rekindle or keep the flame of love glowing in your marriage, try showing and expressing your appreciation for your mate. Put some applause in your marriage and watch love grow.”
Meaningful applause—whether by hand clapping or with our words—is one the most effective and easiest ways to encourage one another. The word “encourage” comes from “en” meaning in, and “courage.” It means to put courage into another—and that’s something every one of us can do—so let’s do it often from a sincere heart. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”