Pass It On!

A couple took their son, Tommy, to a concert to hear a famous pianist.  During the intermission while they were busy talking with friends, Tommy wandered away.  He entered the backstage area through a door that said STAGE ENTRANCE.  NO PUBLIC ACCESS. 

When the couple returned to their seats he says, “Where’s Tommy?” 

 She says, “I thought he was with you.” 

As the lights begin to dim, the curtain opens, and there sat Tommy at the Steinway piano playing TWINKLE, TWINKLE, LITTLE STAR!  The parents are obviously embarrassed and the crowd began to grumble. 

Just then the famous pianist came out on the stage behind Tommy and whispered in his ear… Don’t stop!  Keep on playing!” 

Then the maestro smiles and says, Here we go.  Here’s the fun part!” 

As he puts his arms abound the boy with his left and with his right hand he improvised a wonderful rendition of a simple song. 

As they finish, the crowd wildly applauds, and the pianist leans over and looks into Tommy’s smiling face and says, “Great job!” 

This true story portrayed in a Public Service Ad by the Foundation for Better Living, then concludes with the voice of the little boy saying, “Encouragement.  Pass it on.”  

Indeed, encouragement is the great need of our day. We can all use it.  None of us are too strong, or too spiritual that encouragement is unimportant.  Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “No man has a prosperity so high or firm but that two or three words can dishearten it; and there is no calamity, which right words will not begin to redress.” 

The apostle Paul wrote a great deal about encouragement.  He told the Hebrew Christians to “encourage one another daily” (Heb 3:13).  He admonished the Thessalonians to “encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thess. 5:11).  In fact, Paul even referred to encouragement as a ministry gift that you could employ in Family of God (Rom 12:8). 

Interestingly, when Paul was arrested, appealed to Caesar made the voyage to Rome,  he continued to encourage those along the way.  Christians and non-Christians alike.  When he was 45 miles outside of Rome the Bible says some brethren came to meet him and lifted his spirit.  It says, “At the sight of these men Paul thanked God and was encouraged.”   The apostle who had encouraged so many others found encouragement from them to stay strong and bravely face the unknown. 

This little blog was begun 96 days ago to use my extra time and whatever talent I have to share some  “delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.”  In a word to offer some encouragement.  However, at this point I feel like I have received more than I have given.  Today is my 99th post.  And you have encouraged me greatly.  I don’t think most of you will ever know how good this has been for me.

According to the WordPress statistics ThePreachersWord now has 1430 “followers.”  Yesterday it was read by people all the way from Iceland to Dominica.  From Australia to India.  In the past thirty days ThePreachersWord has found it’s way into 47 countries.  So, thank you for reading.  For sharing it. For commenting. And for the wonderful way you have encouraged me.  Let me just say, “thank you very much.”  Oh, and as for as encouragement?  “Pass it on.” 

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman



Filed under Encouragement

5 responses to “Pass It On!

  1. Your posts are an encouragement to so many people. I love reading your blog every day! Looking forward to many more posts to come, Lord willing. 🙂

  2. Thank you brother for the wonderful work. Keep up and send many study materials here. Thanks.

  3. Judy Bertram

    WONDERFUL story!!! It is something that is so simple to do, it is something anyone can do, it doesn’t take much of OUR time but means the WORLD to that person. I thank YOU for all your thoughts each day, they have been a real encouragement to me!

  4. Harold Miller

    Ken, really enjoy your blog! Not only are you read in 47 countries but in Kentucky too. Best wishes!!

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