August 26, 2019

Encourage Your Socks Off - Hebrews 3:13-14

"I got to coach football at Texas A and M. One of my heroes, Gene Stallings. I ask him one time, I said, coach, when he was with the cowboys, he said, coach, what is the best football season of your life? He said, well, it had to be the cowboys in 1975. And looking back that far back over his shoulder, I said, coach, what was so special about that team?"

Family Discussion:

  1. What is it about encouragement that enhances our lives?
  2. How does encouragement, especially to somebody in your family, show that person or family to face of Jesus and how can encourage them literally transform this home that you're in today?

Transcription:

00:13 Hey if you ever been amazed as I have every day by the power of a hug, the power of a sincere handshake by the power of a little birthday card or just a little love note dropped in a lunchbox before one of our children goes off to school. This verse, if I have a favorite, this is certainly one of them. It's Hebrews chapter three, verse 13 and 14. I think it's the most powerful verse on Relationship Building in a business, in a family, in a home, that I've ever seen. Hebrews three, 13 and 14, and it says this, "But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called today so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance and hold it firm unto the end." You know, I got to coach football.

01:12 at Texas A and M. As I've probably shared before and one of my heroes, Gene Stallings was telling me after all of his years in coaching of coaching the National Championship, Alabama Crimson Tides. Coaching the Dallas cowboys, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Texas Aggies. I ask him one time, I said, coach, when he was with the cowboys, he said, coach, what is the best football season of your life? He said, well, it had to be the cowboys in 1975. And looking back that far back over his shoulder, I said, coach, what was so special about that team? He said, well, 12 rookies made the team and, and we took them to the playoffs. And I said, how'd you do it? And he said, "our goal that year was to encourage every player socks off. Our goal that year was to make every player feel good about themselves."

01:59 And you know, what, if it works with 300 pound defensive tackles, how much more will it work with 12 year old boys going through the pains of junior high? You know if it works with guys who get bored by counting money by the thousands of dollars, how much more with a mom who works her heart out all day, every day as a household executive or a dad, who pours it out at the office all day long, or a mom sometimes who are having to do both to bring home the Bacon and keep the bank account from going barren. How much more to a daughter who's going through the pains of adolescents? Man, y'all encouragement puts you on your tippy toes. Encouragement makes you smile. Encouragement is the powerful wrench that pulls you out of the quicksand of the doldrums of depression or the stages of perceived insignificance. "That a boy! I'm proud of you, son! Way to go, dad! Super job, Young Lady! Wow, that was amazing! You're awesome! I love you! You make me so happy when you're around. I'm so lucky to have someone like you in my life. Hey, hold that pose for a minute while I called sports illustrated to take a picture of that.

03:16 There's a million ways to encourage somebody. You can write it, you can say it or you can just smile it. It's the greatest gift you can give. Let me ask you this. What is it about encouragement that enhances our lives? And how does encouragement, especially to somebody in your family, show that person or family to face of Jesus and how can encourage them literally transform this home that you're in today?

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