I Want a Kid Named Barnabas

Drawn from the archives…
On a day when we need a little 1 Thess. 5:11 to fill these walls.

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up…”


I want a kid named Barnabas.

You know…
That son of encouragement.
(Acts 4:36)

But first I have to change my own name.
And listen when I hear those whispers–

Call her.
Invite them.
Go to that check-out line.
Pray for their family.
Ask him how he is doing.
Write her a note.
Give that kid a hug.
Make them some cookies.
Stand by her; she needs a friend.

Being a Barnabas (an encourager)–
That is the kind of kid I want.
But first I have to live my own Barnabas legacy.

To help them see, that we can ask together

Is there someone who:

–Needs to know how much they are appreciated?
–Is hurting or sad or discouraged right now?
–Has asked for prayer?
–Is lonely and would like to be included?
–Could use a meal?
–God brought to mind through a verse in the Bible?
–Feels left-out and could use a friend?

Listen for His whisper.
That’s what I want to pass along…
Be a Barnabas.


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  1. Randolph Koch says:

    Thank you. This is a great reminder…we as believers should strive to be a Barnabas as we seek to shine out the light of the Lord! No excuses such as, it’s “not my gift”, “I’m too busy”, etc. Yes, some of us are better at being a Barnabas than others but we all can find someone and someway to encourage or serve others even through the most simplest ways such as the many examples you shared…a word of encouragement, appreciation..a meal…etc, all of these and more can be a cup of cold water for a dry patch of life or weary and thirsty soul – helping quench the longings we have deep inside to be loved, accepted and valued by others…and seemingly within the body of Christ it’s my observation that sometimes – we aren’t great at this! Thanks again for the reminder. Now, I pray we all strive to actually live this out!

    • Randolph…absolutely love what you wrote above…and it’s so true….we’re (I’M) quick to hide behind “It’s not my gift”…but you’re so right…it’s in the little nudges, where we hand out that “cup of cold water” that we honor Him. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this thoughtful comment… I so appreciate your perspective.

  2. How true is this!

  3. amen! :)
    so needed this reminder.
    visiting from playdates today.

  4. Amen. Thank you, sweet Kara. Absolutely needed to hear this today.

  5. LeAnn Williams says:

    I loved this one. So many people need to be encouraged in life; in fact I think we all do. I love that thought of being the encourager; which I try to do.

  6. Lovely thoughts. I am following you at Tell His Story. I love to encourage others – in all facets of life. Because God loves each one of us and if we could make sure everyone knew that – wouldn’t that be lovely.
    janis http://www.janiscox.com

  7. You are a Barnabas, my friend!

    • Not hardly. I only pray…
      But thank you.
      And I keep thinking of you (especially after last week when I was watching all the little guys).
      Keep on dear friend. Press on.You have your hands FULL.
      We need another talk-in-real-life-soon.

  8. Convicted. This makes me think of that quote from Gandhi: Be the change you want to see in the world. I need to listen to that.

  9. Girl. … You’ve been a Barnabas to me tonight. Good work, friend. Good. Work.

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