Real Life - October 11, 2019
Real Life with Pastor Steve
October 11, 2019
Be an encourager - encouragement renews our courage, refreshes our spirit, and rekindles hope! ~ Wayne Hastings, Author
How many of you remember the scene from the movie, the “Princess Bride” where Westley is captured, and asks… “where am I?” And the response was… “the pit of despair.” It was meant to be ominous, brooding, formidable, without hope of escape. But in the comical way the movie plays out, Westley always held out hope, but he needed a little help from his friends. And that encouragement brought him through … and out of… the pit of despair.
Life has a way of throwing you into your own “pit of despair” doesn’t it? It can be any number of things, but at some point, we feel boxed in, overwhelmed (cue the brooding music), without hope for a change. But then someone comes along with the audacity to be an encourager, to offer help, assistance. At first we think, have you seen what I’m going through? But then their very real encouragement renews us, refreshes us, and makes hope possible… new life and change a reality. Encouragement brings us through, and out of the pit of despair. That’s why the Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 1, to bring God’s hope and encouragement to everyone. You never know who needs it. And that’s …real life. ~ Pastor Steven Rowe – Eaglebrook Church