Be A Lifter

Are you a doer or an advisor?  We always seem full of words but lacking in the action category although most circumstances require action rather than words.  The following is an excerpt from the devotional book, Encouragement Changes Everything by John Maxwell.

Years ago, I came across a piece about someone who fell into a pit and couldn’t get out—and how others treated that person.

A subjective person came along and said, “I feel for you down there.”

An objective person came along and said, “Well, it’s logical that someone would fall down there.”

A Pharisee said, “Only bad people fall into pits.”

A mathematician calculated how the individual fell into the pit

A news reporter wanted an exclusive story on the person in the pit.

A fundamentalist said, “You deserve your pit.”

A Calvinist said, “If you’d been saved you would have never fallen in that pit.”

An Armenian said, “You were saved and still fell in that pit.”

A charismatic said, “Just confess that you’re not in that pit.”

A realist came along and said, “Now that’s a pit.”

A geologist told him to appreciate the rock strata in the pit.

An IRS worker asked if he was paying taxes on this pit.

The county inspector asked if he had a permit to dig the pit.

A self-pitying person said, “You haven’t seen anything until you’ve seen my pit.”

An optimist said, “Things could be worse.”

A pessimist said, “Things will get worse.”

Jesus, seeing the man, reached down and took him by the hand and lifted him out of the pit.


Which person do you most identify with?  Oh, to be like Jesus!!!  Lift someone out of the pit today, whether by word or deed; be a lifter.


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