Friday, July 3, 2009

Mocha Ministry

"See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness."  (Heb 3:12-13)

Encourage one another...daily.  Have you ever stopped to consider the power of encouragement?  All of us, at one time or another, have been on the receiving end of encouragement...maybe a note, a free lunch, an unexpected comment, some form of public recognition, a raise or bonus, or some other form of encouragement.  Regardless of the form, I'm guessing that when you received that encouragement it was a highlight of your day/week...maybe the highlight of your year.  And yet, encouragement is something that we simply forget to do, or have a hard time doing.

Look at that Scripture above, again - do you realize that encouraging one another DAILY, has the effect of keeping sin from hardening us?  And we all know what a hard heart leads to...

In a recent message, Jaime Collins, one of our elders referred to something he called the "ministry of a mocha."  Jaime had been going through a very difficult time with his son, Kyle, in the hospital.  Every day a gentleman would come and bring Jaime a mocha; then he would simply sit, listen, and encourage him.  This had a profound impact on Jaime.

I remember another time when a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer.  At the time, I was working I made it a point of visiting him every single day for a few weeks.  I didn't really know what to say, and I didn't stay very long on my visits, I just showed up.  I remember being shocked after his recovery, at how often he spoke of those visits I made and how much it meant to him.  I only wish I took the time more often for this type of ministry...

So how about you and I?  Are we practicing the "mocha ministry?"  When we know someone needs encouragement, do we pause and write the note?  Or take them to lunch?  Or simply buy them a mocha and listen?  I strongly "encourage" you (pun intended) to make a regular part of your life to practice the ministry of the mocha.

"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."  (Heb 10:23-25)

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