Today I thought about the time I wanted to go to college. I was never really a great student at school; in fact, when I was in high school I went to my guidance counselor to get his advice about college and he told me that I wasn’t “college material” and proceeded to tell me who in my class was more qualified to go to college, then he suggested that I enlist in the military instead. I was very discouraged.
A few months after graduation, I enlisted in the Army National Guard but I still had the desire to go to college (the good thing about going into the military was that I met my husband while we were in training). It wasn’t until after I was married and we had small children that I finally went to college. My husband was so supportive, and his believing in me made me want to do well. I was in school for many years, and when I was finally in a doctoral program I experienced difficulty in finishing the dissertation. If it wasn’t for my husband’s encouragement, I would have quit.
I am thankful that my husband put First Thessalonians 5:11 into practice— “…encourage one another and build each other up…” If he had not encouraged me, then I don’t think I would have finished school. There are many people in this world who discourage others— we must be one of those people who will encourage.