"Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means "son of encouragement"), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles' feet."
Right now, I want to recognize, thank and hearten three sons of encouragemt:
Kelvin Lee Gorman, Son of Encouragment, my Brother, THANK YOU for not turning me down or away, back in 2014. I am grateful for how you went to bat for me, when the time called for it. THANK YOU for ALWAYS having an embolding word and inspiring prayer for me, my family, and my circumstances. THANK YOU for the considerations, and THANK YOU for every opportunity! Our journey is still only just beginning, and an amazing one, it shall be. What you've accomplished in the past year is meant for you and has been a true blessing to more than you'll ever know. Keep it up my Brother!
Richard Atkinson, Jr, Son of Encouragement, Son of a Preacher Man, my Brother, THANK YOU for ALWAYS checking in on me and never passing our house by. Bro, you have no idea, how much your brief visits lift me up and motivate me. THANK YOU, for ALWAYS giving encouragement when you know, sense, or feel something not so bright stirring in my spirit. You are a true man of God, dedicated to the ministry in ways I've longed to see, in young ministers. STAY STRONG in your mission and continue allowing God to move you to where He desires you to be!
Marcus Nettles, Son of Encouragement, and Son of one of God's most beloved Angels, THANK YOU for always getting a call in to me when needed the most. THANK YOU for simply allowing the Spirit to move through you, to reach me, reminding me of my gifts and abilities. For me, you have picked up where Aunt Stella left off. It is much needed and appreciated! Know, that every conversation between us is stored deep within my heart. Continue to be the encouragement and reminder that we all need in this day and age of distraction. I love you Brother!!
For everyone else, BE ENCOURAGED!! Be and do whatever it is that God desires and wills of you! You will never know the impact that you, your life, your gifts will have on this world unless you share, show, and express them to others, your brothers and sisters. There is NOTHING on this Earth or in this life that is greater than God. Let your Faith in and KNOWING of God be greater, in your minds, than any thought of trial, any thought of failure, any thought of war, any thought of struggle!! God is greater than them all!! True, every day can't be a sunny, happy day, but such days and times are but a second on God's watch. NOTHING COMPARES TO GOD'S GOODNESS!!! MY GOOD DAYS FAR OUTNUMBER MY BAD ONES!!! AMEN!!
I'm gonna leave you all with this classic that just dropped into my soul: