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Verses 3-4: “We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints,”

It’s amazing what a letter of encouragement can do. Cade Foster #43, the 2013 starting placekicker for the University of Alabama football team, didn’t have a good night at Auburn in the 2013 Iron Bowl. In a tough, hard-fought game between these two intra-state rivals, Foster missed two field goals and had another attempt blocked. Auburn won the game 34-28 on a dramatic play: a field goal try that was missed by Alabama teammate Adam Griffith and returned by Auburn’s Chris Davis 109 yards for a game-winning touchdown with one second left on the clock.

All players have good games and bad games; Foster probably felt like he had lost the game for his team (which is incorrect, football is a team sport, but a lot of folks seem to forget that sometimes). Foster had been the hero before in other games. The life of a placekicker is like hot and cold water; most times, you’re either the hero or the goat. Fans for these two teams also tend to forget these players are 18-22 year old kids, and they aren’t deserving of the hate-filled wrath that gets spewed at them on social media (and this was the case for Foster here; thankfully, more level-headed fans came to his defense in the face of such unwarranted personal attacks).

In the midst of this highly-charged emotional moment, Foster received an unexpected letter of support that carried more impact than those anonymous posts; he received a note from “another 43” encouraging him…none other than the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. Talk about a confidence booster; you can read more about this note at the following link: http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/76463/president-bush-sends-cade-foster-support

It’s amazing what a letter of encouragement can do. I discovered in my Bible reading and study that the church at Colosse was not one founded by Paul or visited by him. Yet he wrote them a letter from prison, and one of the first things he does is tell them how they thank God for them, for their faith in Christ and love for all the saints. Paul goes on later in this book to speak to them on other issues, but what a boost the opening comments make to that church.

Encouragement is a gift that is best shared with others; have you encouraged someone in the Lord today?

Something to think about.

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