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I have always enjoyed sports. In high school, I went out for the basketball team and made it. Although I was the tallest boy in my class, I was still shorter than the tallest youth in the schools we played. I think that’s why the coach put another tall boy and I on special training. The team would warm up with free shooting, meaning you took a ball and practiced your shot from the area of the floor you usually played. But not Steve and I. Coach made us throw a heavy medicine ball back and forth, not just at chest level, but over our heads. He also made us practice shooting near the basket by putting the ball as high over our head as possible and only using our wrists to power it toward the rim. I would have enjoyed the free shoot more! But sometimes, you have to treat people differently based on their needs.
That is what Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to do in 1 Thessalonians 5:14. They had people who needed different things. Some were not willing to work. Others were timid. Others lacked strength. So he said, “warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”(NIV)
Did you notice that even though people needed different things, everyone was to receive patience? Make it your challenge today to show patience to every person regardless of the situation.
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