When I Fall Down…

It is a great song in our books, #484. It is a song about Jesus that says, When I fall down, You pick me up. What is true of Jesus is also true of one another. Christianity by design is meant to be a family of encouragers! We are supposed to pick one another up.
I read not too long ago about hang gliders. They are fun to watch! Soaring through the air, the more skilled ones doing tricks, it is exciting to see. They get a great view of the earth. The amazing thing is how long they can stay aloft. One would think that gravity would pull them down. What I read says that hang gliders are always looking for up-drafts. Without the up-drafts, caused by air movement and differences in temperature of the air, gravity would indeed pull them to the earth. But, by constantly looking for these up-drafts, hang gliders get a lift and can stay aloft for hours!
In his discussion of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12, 13 and 14, the gift that Paul recommends more than any other gift is the gift of edification. The word in the Greek literally describes building a house. It means to encour-age, to build one another up, to give someone a lift! 1 Cor 14:12 says, Since you are eager for spiritual gifts, strive to excel in building up the church!
So, be that gust of wind that lifts! Be that fresh air that picks others up. Ex-cel in building up the church. By the way, Paul begins 1 Corinthians 14 with the words: Make love your aim. Great thought. What is you aim as you come to meet with fellow Christians?