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Balcony People

October 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

“But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:13

Bobby had a talk with Carson the other day about the words that come out of his mouth, towards his brother. Carson has a tendency to tear down Chase. Bobby explained that there are two types of people in the world. Balcony people encourage and lift others up. Basement people tear others down. Putting a name to each type, gave him the opportunity to teach Carson a great life lesson. Bobby didn’t make up these names, he read them in a book, years ago. But the concept stuck with him and he used it to teach the boys the boys an important concept.

All weekend Carson and Chase have been walking around calling each other balcony or basement people, depending on what the other is doing or saying. They’ve gotten the message. All Bobby has to do is look at Carson and say, “Balcony”, and he stops teasing his brother.

One of the great characters in the Bible, Barnabas, was the original balcony person. When the disciples were trying to decide whether to trust Saul/Paul, after his recent conversion, they sent Barnabas to him. Saul had been the worst of sinners. He had actually had a part of crucifying Believers. His past could have been a drastic hindrance to his usefulness in God’s Kingdom. But Barnabas didn’t look at what Saul had done in the past. He saw something in him and helped him develop his gifts for God. Barnabas took a risk with Saul, and eventually gave him a thumbs up to the other disciples. The rest as they say, is history. Saul’s name changed to Paul and he led the gentiles and the rest of the world to faith in Jesus Christ, and wrote a good portion of the New Testament. (Acts 4,9,11,14)

Life can be very difficult. But one word of encouragement, a smile from a stranger, a hug and “I know you can do this, I’m so proud of you,” makes all the difference in the world.

I don’t want to tear others down. I don’t want to drain the life from them. I want to lift them up. I want to encourage them. I want to be a balcony person.

Father, thank you for this example of a man who spent his life, encouraging, serving, and supporting others. Teach me to be like Barnabas. Let my life be an encouragement to others. And Jesus, please give Carson the revelation that words can hurt, so that he stops hurting his brother.

I love you Jesus.
In your name I pray,
God’s Blessings Upon You!

The Choices You Make Today … Will Affect Your Tomorrow! Joyce Schneider has been writing for several years. She has five published books. You can find out more about her at her website

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