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This past Friday, I said “see ya later” to my Barnabas.

If your not familiar with Barnabas, he was an important person in the Bible.  He was an encouraging,faith filled, Spirit filled, good man (1Cor.9:6).  His name was Joseph but the Apostles gave him the name Barnabas “son of encouragement”.  For every evil hater, or side eye God has raised up an encourager in my life.  For almost ten years, I was encouraged and covered through prayer by my friend Ricky.

Ricky, was a modern day Barnabas.  He loved giving and sharing until the day he was called to heaven.  Never stingy or tight.  Never angry or messy.  He was a light bearer in the image of God and his goodness.  Everyone, needs a friend like that.  Someone that will help you hide a body (not literally) and someone who tell you it’s wrong to hide the body (not literally).  There is a difference between “yes men” and Barnabas.  Barnabas understands that some of Gods chosen vessels need to be pushed, enlightened, and reinforced.  He or she understands that they may have the word that keeps his friend going.  Barnabas never gives false hope or support for the meaningless.  He always roots for the purpose and pleasure of godly things.

Barnabas wanted Gods best in the lives of others.  We see his thumb print all over the New Testament.  He played a huge role in Pauls ministry and the building of Gods Church.

My hope today is that everyone has a Barnabas, one or two or three.  Someone around you who makes you better.  Inspires your mind, soul, faith, growth, and maturity in Christ.  I have plenty of people to call when I want to do dirt or be shady, but how many do we have to encourage us to be our best?

Loosing one of the most encouraging people in my life, has made me reflect on the type of people who will have access to me and my life.  Barnabas types only! If you don’t add value, excellence, faith, hope, joy, love, or light your probably not going to continue on this journey with me.  In order to be great, you have to surround yourself with great people.  Eagles don’t hang out in chicken coupes, and doves don’t lay with snakes.  Find your Barnabas, or be a Barnabas to someone around you, be the greatness and encouragement someone needs this week.

“To the weak, I became weak, to win the weak.  I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in it’s blessings” (1Cor.9:22-23 NIV)

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