I am on the Christian Emphasis Committee at my local YMCA. We had our monthly meeting yesterday afternoon. Doug, our chairman led the meeting off with something he read in a book from John Maxwell.
According to Maxwell, those who build others up, who encourage people and make others better can be called "adders." They add to the lives of others.
I like that term, "adders."
Taking a look on the opposite side of the fence, I suppose those who make excuses, who don't keep their commitments and talk poorly of others could be called "subtractors." They take away from the lives of others.
So are you going to be an adder or a subtractor today?
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11