Here's a small moment of our Christmas day, and a joyous one for me. At one point, our little granddaughter was so overcome with joy that she used the two pieces of tissue wrapping paper she was holding as pom poms, and became a cheerleader. What a creative way to express her emotions. Paul was all about cheering others on and encouraging them. A few simple words of encouragement can make a world of difference in someone's life. Too bad that so many people stifle this impulse, it can be used to great effect. Looks like little Anne is getting the idea early!
"For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
1 Thess. 5:9,11