by Andrew McQuitty

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How to Elevate Your E.Q. (19 of 20)
E. Andrew McQuitty
Acts 11:19-30

. . .the true essence of ministry has more to do with being to another than with some. . .deed which we. . .believe we must be doing to, for, or on them. Perhaps the deepest, kindest thing we can do for anyone is to just be there for them in such a way that all they are and all the gifts they possess will be released and affirmed (Bob Benson).

Then when he [Barnabas] had come and witnessed the grace of God, he rejoiced and began to encourage them all . . . (Acts 11.24).


Introduction: How to elevate your encouragement quotient. . .
I'd like to begin this morning with a little pop quiz to measure your encouragement quotient:

--Are you motivated more by praising the good in people than by discovering their weaknesses? Do people you've interacted with feel like reaching for the stars and not jumping off a bridge? Do you make the most of the best and the least of the worst, and not the least of the best and the most of the worst? With new ideas, are you more inclined to see the possibilities than the problems? Would those who know you best consider you an uplifting person to be around, or a negative person they'd rather go around?

If you answered yes to at least four, you're probably an encouraging person. If you answered yes to less, you've been drinking too much vinegar and need to switch over to Snapple!

These are days when encouragers are greatly needed!
Would you agree that discouraging people in this old world are easy to come by and that truly encouraging people are hard to come by? Positive, uplifting people are rare while everywhere are impossibility thinkers who see a problem with every solution, an imperfection with every effort. A magazine included these lines on its masthead for just such people:

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