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My husband regularly plays tennis on Thursdays with a guy named Gary. According to my husband, even though Gary is an exceptionally good tennis player, he is intentional about encouraging his opponents. He goes so far as to be careful not to dominate on the court (which he could easily do), but to play just well enough as to challenge the man across the net from him.

I was impressed by this, but I am most impressed by what Gary does every Thursday night prior to his men's league taking the courts. He smiles and enthusiastically says, "Let's have a great Thursday!" My husband says that this has become such a constant that the other men playing say it themselves.

This morning, I said it to my husband. His response was to plan some fun activities for us today. I am encouraged and challenged to give this same message to my children and to you. I found this old picture of my daughter enjoying the snow. It's a cold, snowy day for many of us, but "Let's have a great Thursday!"

When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. (Acts 11:23)

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