Posted on Leave a comment


Dear Friends,

This morning I was reading (probably for the sixth time) a classic book, Spiritual Leadership, by J. Oswald Sanders. Something he wrote jumped out: “Great leaders have always been great encouragers.”

And when I reflect on those who have had the greatest impact on me for the past 41 years I have known Jesus Christ—guess what? Without exception, they all have been great encouragers. My wife, Bev, Tim Manor, George Fooshee, Dave Rae, Jess Correll . . . just to mention a few.

Hebrews 10:25 tells us, “Let us encourage one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.” We live in a time when the Great Recession and the challenges of unemployment, home foreclosures, political squabbling, and just plain hard times in life have lead to many discouraged and disillusioned people. People desperately need to know Christ as their savior, and His way of living as revealed to us the Bible.

I’ve so often taught that people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. May you and I ask the Lord to give us the gift of encouraging others, and the discernment to appropriately express this encouragement.

Warmly in Christ,
Howard Dayton

0 thoughts on “Encouragement

  1. Howard, thanks for that reminder on encouragment. This is John Hartle. Not sure if you remember me. I was a State Trooper when I met you and visited with you in your home in Longwood. At the time you and Bev were waiting on God to supply you with a dining room light, possibly a chandlier, instead of going right out and getting into debt to get one. That also was very inspirational. Since that time in the “70’s” I left the patrol, went to the Space Center for 16 years and am now, 9 children later, in western Tn. I work for Fed Ex Express in Memphis as Corporate Security and just this past Friday the 20th of July, 2012 we paid off our last two credit cards and will never, with God’s help and the help of people like you and organizations like yours, get into debt again. Just thought I’d let you know that you were the beginning inspiration for this and wanted to say THANKS. Keep up the GREAT work.

    Sincerely, John Hartle

  2. Now more than ever, people need to know Jesus an to be encouraged

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *