Today for Praise Thursday, we continued our series on core values from Craig Groeschel’s book #Struggles.

Today, we focused on the value of encouragement. The main verse for this section is Ephesians 4:29, which says  “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen“.

Craig talks a lot in this section about discouragement, and how we need to avoid that in order to be encouraging to others. We’ve all logged onto social media, or read an article online, and automatically saw negative remarks in the comments section. When we focus on those negative comments, we see peoples failures instead of encouraging them.

Next time you’re on Facebook and see something you don’t agree with, or have someone argue with you, you can either 1) not respond, or 2) respond, but PRAY before you do so you aren’t just producing more negativity.

When we are able to remove this type of discouragement from our lives, it leaves more room for us to encourage others and build them up.

Today was also our monthly focus on Operation Christmas Child. You can find out everything you need to know about OCC here. Congratulations to Damika who was our winner of the OCC water bottle.

Also, congratulations to Pat who won our 2-pack of tickets to see MTVArts’ Production of Beauty and The Beast tomorrow night.

Our Word of the Day was hoity-toity (hoy-tee-TOY-tee), an adjective meaning frivolous or marked by an air of high importance. You can read more on that here.

Have a great evening!