Be a Barnabas

Sand Storm… that’s what it looked like. Red sand blowing into our faces, making us thankful for our sunglasses. I laughed and told my husband that people pay good money for microdermabrasion treatments on their face and we are getting one for free!

We were watching our grandson play baseball, an activity in which we are quite familiar! When our boys were growing up we spent more hours at baseball fields than we ever did at our home!! Concession Stand food was our dinner staple.

Our grandson was pitching. The batter swung… foul ball. Our side yelled, “You got him swinging. Good job!” The other side called out, “Way to hang in there!”

The batter hit the ball, the second baseman tried to catch it but it fell from his glove.

“Good try, good try!” our side exclaimed.

“Way to go. Good hit!” the opponents cried out.

I smiled. Each side of parents, friends, and coaches was lifting their players up. This is exactly the kind of friend, wife, mother, and all around person I want to be… someone that lifts others up.

An Encourager


I want to stand up for my friend or be the one that helps them get back on their feet.

One of the Apostles had the given name at birth of Joseph; however that is not what his fellow Apostles called him. His knick name was Barnabas which translates to “Son of Encouragement.”


What would my knick name be? What would yours?

Do we come along side our friends and others and encourage them on their journey? If so are my words just empty or is their evidence of action behind them?

Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries the bones.”

“Medicine” (gehah) is only found once in the Bible. It has been suggested that it probably means “healing relief.” This is so true!! A positive outlook improves one’s health.

I want to be on that train!! I want to be a part of not only my “merry heart”  providing me “healing relief”… I want to come along side my friends and family lifting them up with encouragement that is real… resulting in healing relief.

In our marriage my husband is my Barnabas… he is my Encourager. Whatever endeavor I seek, he’s right there supporting my decisions and cheering me along the way. I pray I am his.

I have other “Barnabas'” in my life… but are my actions reciprocal?

Lord God Almighty, I pray that I can be a better Barnabas to my friends and family. Help me to come along side them when needed. Remind me to cheer out, “Way to hang in there!” I pray my encouraging words are not just like tinkling bells to their ears, but are like barbells… words with weight behind them.

In Christ’s name, Amen.

Share with us your Barnabas stories and make a new one today.

Blessings, Susan

Susan Werthem is a Bible study leader, speaker and author. She takes the Word of God and shares His truth in a humorous, unique and insightful way. To contact Susan to plan a retreat or seminar Click here


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2 thoughts on “Be a Barnabas

  1. Linda Giovanni

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful devotional with me, Susan. May Gods strength, courage and wisdom be with you always in your ministry.


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