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Summary: We need to be in the encouragement business! And If you have any message of encouragement for others,Please speak it!

Maturing in our faith

INTRO.- ILL.- There once was a man who was getting ready to sail around the world in his homemade boat.

• And there was a crowd of people on the pier that weren’t being supportive.

• They were telling him everything that could possibly go wrong.

• “The sun will burn you.” “You won’t have enough food.” “That boat of yours won’t withstand any storms.” “You’ll never make it.”

But a man standing nearby heard all these discouraging words and decided instead to offer some words of encouragement.

• As the little boat began pulling away from shore, he went to the end of the pier and began waving both his arms wildly and shouted,

• “BON VOYAGE! YOU’RE REALLY SOMETHING! WE’RE WITH YOU! WE’RE PROUD OF YOU! GOOD LUCK, BROTHER!”

This story is so similar to our lives.

• In a sense, all of us are in a little boat.

• We are on a long journey, not knowing if we are going to make it or not.

• And as we head out to sea, there are very few people who stand there giving us any encouragement.

• Most people in life are critical or negative.

• That’s a pretty sad commentary on life, but so often, it’s true.

• In Life there are many discouragers but few encouragers.

• Many people are better at discouraging others than encouraging them.

ILL.- A three-year study found that most school teachers

• Were negative and critical 75% of the time in dealing with their students.

• The study also indicated that it takes four positive comments to offset the effect

• Of one negative or critical comment.

• Now, there is also the other side of the coin.

• On June 1, 1965, a 13 1/2 foot boat left MASS. Destined for England.

• It would be the smallest boat in history to ever make the trip.

• In fact the boat was so small that the owner named it TINKERBELLE.

• That owner and pilot of this boat was Robert Manry.

• Robert had been a copy editor for the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER for ten years and was bored,

• So he took a leave of absence to fulfill his secret dream.

• Truth be told Robert was afraid, but not of the ocean.

• He was afraid of all those people who would try and talk him out of the trip.

• So he didn’t tell many people, just a few relatives and his wife, Virginia

• Who was his greatest supporter and encourager.

• The trip was anything but pleasant.

• He spent many sleepless nights trying to cross the shipping lanes without getting run over or sinking.

• Weeks at sea caused his food to become tasteless.

• Loneliness caused him to have hallucinations.

• And His rudder broke three times.

• Storms swept him overboard, and if he hadn’t been for the rope he had tied around his waist,

• He would never have made it back on board.

• Finally, after 78 days alone at sea, he sailed into England on August 17th.

During his many nights, he fantasized about what he would do

• When he got to England.

• He planned to check into a hotel, eat dinner alone,

• And the next morning see if the Associated Press might be interested in his story.

• But word of his approach had spread.

• To his amazement, three hundred boats, with horns blasting,


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