Life comes to a complete stand-still for my young grandsons when one of these earth moving machines rolls into view. I am not sure why the fascination but at least it’s free entertainment! It took some “digging” to learn the difference between these different machines. I learned that the backhoe pictured here is different than the excavator as it digs by pulling the earth backwards towards itself, rather than lifting the earth.
Today’s verse reminds the believers in the Thessalonian church to continue building up and encouraging each other. They were told to encourage one another with the truth of our hope in Jesus Christ. Regardless of pain and suffering, persecution and even death, they could look forward to living with Him eternally. These were the words that would build up the one going through a hard time. We are to be the “excavator,” lifting up that dirt.
I do not want to be that backhoe. It is moving that dirt towards itself. The “backhoe” wants all the attention on him. Rather than being concerned for the other, the self-centered believer takes and takes without reciprocating. My focus is to be on the one who needs lifting up.
A friend asked this morning how I was doing and I shared a few struggles. She grabbed my hand right there and prayed for me. I was so touched. It was only right that I turn the question around and ask her what she was facing. And it seemed the most natural thing in the world to also pray for her! We were both lifted up and encouraged.
Thank you Lord, for the encouragement we can give and receive!