Raise ’em Up Part 2
Message Summary: Although Josiah uses parenting as his examples for this series, there is something for everyone regardless of your season of life. As parents, we are learning as we go. Kids are always watching and copying our actions, so we are always setting an example – good or bad. Creating healthy habits in your home, whether you’re a parent not, will lead the way into an environment that will cause growth within yourself and those around you. Your habits determine your health, and although there is a lot in life that you cannot choose, you can choose your habits. You will become what you habitually do. If you want to change your home, you have to change your habits. If you don’t like the product, you have to change the pattern.
Create an environment at home where you encourage one another; it’s one of our greatest callings we have as Jesus followers. Be awake and sober (1 Thessalonians 5:6), in other words, BE PRESENT. You cannot encourage someone if you are not present. If you see something good, say something good – open your eyes and open your mouth. If you think something good, say it out loud – breathe life into someone. We all need encouragement. God encouraged people by renaming them. He named them for who he wanted them to become. We can do the same with other people by calling out what we want to see in those around us. What you sow will grow.
- Who can you encourage this week? How do you plan on doing so?
- What habits do you need to re-evaluate and create healthy habits instead?
- What are some positive things you have noticed about people around you but have never spoken up? How will you change this in the coming week?
Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV – And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
1 Thessalonians 5:4-11 NIV – But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 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 we are 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.