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The Making of Me

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August 16, 2022 8:00 pm

The Making of Me

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August 16, 2022 8:00 pm

Seven-year-old Thomas Edison didn’t like or do well in school. One day, he was even called “addled” (mentally confused) by a teacher. He stormed home. After speaking with the teacher the next day, his mom, a teacher by training, decided to teach him at home. Helped along by her love and encouragement (and his God-given genius), Thomas went on to become a great inventor. He later wrote, “My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me, and I felt I had someone to live for, someone I must not disappoint.”

In Acts 15, we read that Barnabas and the apostle Paul served together as missionaries until they had a major disagreement about whether or not to bring along John Mark. Paul was opposed because Mark had earlier “deserted them in Pamphylia” (vv. 36–38). As a result, Paul and Barnabas split; Paul taking Silas and Barnabas taking Mark. Barnabas was willing to give Mark a second chance, and his encouragement contributed to Mark’s ability to serve and succeed as a missionary. He went on to write the gospel of Mark and was even a comfort to Paul while he was in prison (2 Timothy 4:11).

Many of us can look back and point to someone in our life who encouraged and helped us along our way. God may be calling you to do the same for someone in your life. Who might you encourage?

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Welcome to today's encouragement from the Our Daily Bread devotional. Our reading titled The Making of Me was written by Allison Keita. Seven-year-old Thomas Edison didn't like or do well in school. One day he was even called addled or mentally confused by a teacher.

He stormed home. After speaking with the teacher the next day, his mom, a teacher by training, decided to teach Thomas at home. Helped along by her love and encouragement and his God-given genius, Thomas went on to become a great inventor. He later wrote, My mother was the making of me.

She was so true, so sure of me, and I felt I had someone to live for, someone I must not disappoint. In Acts 15, we read that Barnabas and the Apostle Paul served together as missionaries until they had a major disagreement about whether or not to bring along John Mark. Paul was opposed because Mark had earlier deserted them in Pamphylia. As a result, Paul and Barnabas split. Paul took Silas and Barnabas took Mark. Barnabas was willing to give Mark a second chance and his encouragement contributed to Mark's ability to serve and succeed as a missionary. He went on to write the Gospel of Mark and was even a comfort to Paul while he was in prison. Many of us can look back and point to someone in our life who encouraged and helped us along our way. God may be calling you to do the same for someone in your life.

Whom might you encourage? Today's Our Daily Read devotional scripture reading is from Acts chapter 15, verses 36 through 40. Sometime later, Paul said to Barnabas, Let us go back and visit the believers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing. Barnabas wanted to take John, also called Mark, with them, but Paul did not think it wise to take him because he had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in the work.

They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord. Let's pray. Dear Lord, we thank you for walking alongside us and placing people in our life who helped to make us who we are today. Help us to do the same for others. It's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. My name is Rachelle Traube and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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