A champion in any sport or in any arena will testify that they did not become a champion on their own.  It did not make a difference what the sport was, if it was an individual sport or a team sport there is always a support system in place to help build and make a champion.  We may want to do some things on our own, and even think that we can do some things on our own without any help, but we quickly realize that any successful endeavor that we undertake it is going to require some help on some level. 

As we take our spiritual journey towards our destiny we must realize that if we are going to reach our goal, we are going to need help that comes from The Lord and those He places in our lives.  The Scripture reminds us that, the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smooths with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, it is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.  I encourage you today to be an encouragement to someone with the gifts that God has given you.

It may not seem like you have much to offer, but in the moment it can be a kind word, a hug, or just a listening ear that is needed.  There will be times when you will need that encouragement in your life and it will come right on time, and be exactly what you need to keep moving and growing in the place where God has planted you.  The carpenter wasn’t the goldsmith, but he was able to encourage the goldsmith, and by encouraging and strengthening one another, they were able to accomplish the task and build something so strong that it could not be moved. 

Working together works, and I know that God has given me some things that I can share with others, and He has given others some things they can share with me, and when we all work together, God will get the glory. 

Since I will encourage others and be encouraged I have no doubt, “It’s My Year To Get My Thing From My God!”


Father help me to be an encouragement to those who you have placed in my path today, and help me to receive encouragement from those you place in my path today. In Jesus name, Amen.

Be Inspired,
Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY