Lift Each Other Up (it sure beats the alternative…)

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds… – Hebrews 10:24

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“Coffee with Pastor Rebekah.”

My inspiration for this morning’s thought comes from three places: My Wednesday evening small group, today’s video devotion from Rebekah, and some photographs posted in Miami.

Wednesday, when we were preparing to close the meeting, my final thought for the guys went something like this: “Our homework, or our ‘take-away’ from this evening, is to think about and ask God to encourage us to lift people up: all those around us – family, friends, relatives, co-workers – so we can be the kind of people who elevate the conversation, the spirits, the quality of life…”

Rebekah referred to the general idea via Hebrews 10:14, “Let us stimulate one another to good deeds…” also spur, provoke, encourage. I really like “provoke.” You can listen to her thoughts – 4-minutes – at “Coffee with Pastor Rebekah.”

Finally our daughter, Naomi, simply shared some photographs of her children playing in the rain. Here’s the conversation that led up to the adventure:

The Kids: It’s a torrential downpour! Can we play in it?
Naomi: Sure. Go grab some towels!
The Kids: Wait. What? Really?!?

I don’t know about you, but I certainly feel lifted up, just from having this conversation with you. Enjoy Naomi’s amazing photographs, then think about how we can all “provoke” one another to love and good deeds.

In love, and because love makes all of this possible – DEREK

 

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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