Most people when you say ‘once a day’, you think of vitamins. I do take my vitamins every day and I even used to take the ‘Once a Day’ brand but they often made me nauseous. Dave would often walk out in the morning and see me sitting on the Deacon’s bench either upright and pale or with my head down between my knees.  He knew that I had taken my ‘once a day’ vitamins. I found out that the calcium in them is what makes one nauseous so I switched brands and am feeling better in my daily regiment. But vitamins is not what Scripture is referring to in Hebrews 3:13 when the writer says, “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness”. Encouragement is what we are supposed to do as long as it is Today so every day or days ending in ‘y’.  And why?  So that we will not be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  It only takes once for us to be hooked and if we wait a day…we may be enticed to do it again the next day.  I love how James says it in James 1: 14-15 “each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.  Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.”  You see -when we are tempted, it conjurs up ideas in our head.  We may even question whether it is right to do it or not but then we talk ourselves into it.  Eventually- that one temptation can bring death.  It could be physical death if we do something that is dangerous but it could be a character death…like in the form or bitterness and resentment that comes from repressed anger over the years that has not been dealt with by forgiveness and restoration.  If we know a friend is having a hard time with an area of their life…we can be the encouragement that they need to go on and continue fighting the battle that they are in.   I think we should also encourage others who are outside our friends.  We need to encourage others daily as we see them at the bus stop, in the grocery store, at church or at work.  You never know what kind of day that person has had and your encouragement can make a difference.  Your encouragment may help them open up and share what is on their heart and you will have a chance to further encourage them and even share about your relationship with Christ and how you get through the tough times.  Remember – once a day and not just your vitamins, you are to encourage those around you.  Try it this week and see what a difference it makes.

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