His name was Joseph. And he was such an outstanding Christian, that other people just loved to be around him. No matter how bleak the situation, he was just filled with encouragement and filled with hope. The apostles noticed how encouraging Joseph was, and they changed his name to Barnabas, which translated means, "Son of Encouragement.” Hey, wouldn’t it be awesome to have a name change like that? I mean, wouldn't it be so cool for people to see you as a son or daughter of encouragement? You can be a Barnabas, if you will view life from God’s perspective, and see people, not as they are, but as they can be. Let me encourage you to make it a daily priority to compliment and praise the people around you, especially your own family members. Encouragement brings joy to others and blessing to us. Now that's real hope.