“These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.” – Titus 2:15
As a young boy Enrico worked in a factory in Naples, Italy, but had an intense desire to be a singer. When he turned ten years old, he took his first voice lesson that procured a less than encouraging remark from his teacher, “You can’t sing. You haven’t any voice at all. Your voice sounds like a wind in the shutters.”
His mother, however, believed that he could learn to sing. She was very poor, but she hugged him and said, “My boy, I’m going to make every sacrifice to pay for your voice lessons.”
Her encouragement and sacrifice for her son proved to be invaluable. He became known as one of the world’s greatest singers. His name is Enrico Caruso. Caruso made approximately 260 commercially released recordings from 1902 to 1920, which made him an international popular entertainment star.
We all need encouragement in this life and to follow Jesus. Today in prayer, praise the Lord for those who have encouraged you during your life and remember to encourage others. Call someone or send a card.
“We have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many times a word of praise or thanks or a cheer has kept a person on their feet. Blessed is the man who speaks such a word.” – William Barclay
M Campbell 2020