And Joses…was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated Son of Encouragement). Acts 4:36
Pat Williams was on a book tour when he learned he had been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He announced his illness at a press conference in Orlando, and shortly afterward he received a letter from golfing pro, Arnold Palmer, who had also battled cancer. The note said: “Pat, I understand you’re going through a tough time right now. I wish you all the best with your treatment and would only give you the same advice that people gave me when I was going through my ordeal: listen to what your doctors advise you and keep a positive attitude.”
Pat had the letter framed and hung it in his office. Later, Palmer learned of how much his letter had meant. “I can’t believe Pat Williams would frame of letter of mine,” he said.
We never know how much our notes mean to other people. When you speak a kind word or write an encouraging note, it goes to the heart of the recipient. Any one of us can be like Barnabas and be a willing servant of God, blessing and encouraging others and glorifying the Lord through our actions.
We never know what a humble word will mean to others.
It is good for me to have been afflicted, that I might know how to speak a word in season to one that is weary. Charles H. Spurgeon
When Sin Entered the Church, Part 1 (Acts 4:32–5:11)