First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world.
I have been thinking a lot lately about the people who have influenced me the most. When I was a senior in high school, our youth group had a big rally one Friday and brought in a guest speaker for the event. I can remember meeting with a group of my friends, our youth pastor, and the guest to pray the night before the rally. I was overwhelmed by the compassion of the guest speaker for the students who would be sitting in those same seats the next night. We prayed until well after midnight and as a young man, this left an incredible impression on me. Our preparation was much more than organizational, it was spiritual.
I am thankful for moments like these when true discipleship took place. I saw faith in action. When I look back on my life, I see this happening time and time again. God keeps putting people in my life to continually point me toward Him. I am humbled to think that I am this person for someone else.
If you are struggling today, look around and see who God has placed in your life to encourage your faith. Spend a few moments to thank God for these incredible people. These friends, mentors, and moments of discipleship are equipping us for the plan and purpose that God has for us.
God continues to bring people alongside to stoke the fires of faith. Recently, I have had a group of five men that meet at my house every week. These guys are “all in” and the depth of their faith inspires me. I am praying and thanking God for them today. They add so much to this journey and I am blessed.
I am also praying for you. My prayer is that God will continually bless you with the kind of people that strengthen your faith and encourage you to press on.
Take a minute and forward this to someone you are thankful for.