William T. Stidger tells a fine story of a discouraged young minister. Everything seemed to have gone wrong with this man. He had built a church for his people, for he had been a carpenter; but when it was completed his wife, who had worked by his side, died. This & other trying experiences left him broken & defeated.
Then he heard, over the radio, a sermon by a well-known minister. He felt sure that man could help him & he went to see him. He was cordially received & stayed in the minister's study for a long time & when he came out there was a new light in his eyes.
"What a man he is," he said. "When I went into his office all the stars had fallen out of my skies - but one by one he put them back again."
- Archer Wallace. (moreillustrations.com)
1Th 5:14 (NET): "And we urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the undisciplined, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient toward all."
“In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” - Albert Schweitzer.