Do you have an encourager in your life? Someone that just stops by to let you know that they appreciate you? Well, I do! Our very own Frau Deisenberger stops by my office every so often just to tell me that she’s glad I’m here. I remember a couple of years ago she said, “I don’t always agree with all your decisions, but I know that you are right for the job, and I’m glad you’re here.” The other day she stopped by to tell me that she loves how my mind works. (I don’t know if anyone has ever told me that.) She said that she appreciates that I can see the big picture, but that I also care about the little things. She said, “I love that you care that the grass is green at the front of the building.” Frau Deisenberger has the gift of encouragement. She is just like Barnabas.
Barnabas was one of the first Christians that travelled with the Apostle Paul on his missionary journeys. His name means “son of encouragement.” He was one of the first Christians to accept that God had changed the Apostle Paul from Saul who persecuted Christians. In the book of Acts that talks about the early church, Luke wrote, “But Barnabas took [Saul], brought him to the apostles, and described for them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had spoken boldly in the name of Jesus.” Barnabas supported Saul, whose name was changed to Paul, and others in their ministries. He demonstrated what it means to extend grace to those who fail when he chose to work with John Mark after he had deserted him and Paul on their first missionary journey. Barnabas is described as “a man who was delighted to see others exhibiting the grace of God in their lives, exhorting and encouraging them to remain faithful.”
If you ever visit my office, you will see that I have quotes taped on my wall almost reaching the ceiling. There is one that simply says, “Be like Barnabas.” Frau Deisenberger is a wonderful reminder that a simple word of encouragement means so much. I’m so glad she is on my team. Who might you seek out to encourage today?
Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon Brobst, Ed.D.