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Thoughts on the influence of one person…..

So many people believe they have lived lives of little influence.  But they are often so wrong.  One person or a small group of people can change the world.   And human hands can work miracles when serving Jesus Christ.

 

 

Look at the first Christian church in the world.  It was not made up of the rich, the famous, those of influence, those of importance… No… it was made of you and me… fishermen, tax collectors, woodworkers, potters, sales people, crafts people… young, old, beautiful, not so much…

But from that first church has grown the Christian movement… the effort to bring the gospel to the whole world…. because the first Christians had passion.. had an abundant and excited love for Jesus Christ.   They wanted everyone to know about him… these were not just people to whom miracles had been done… these were common everyday folks who went out and told the world about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I am thinking of a few friends who got together some time back.  They thought it would be a good idea to just set up a little booth with food, information, offered prayer, balloons for kids and a message.  They asked an apartment manager if they could set up in his apartment project where the demographic was quite poor… a place where many would say they were in danger.  But they decided to do it anyway…. the first time they set up they were amazed at the turn out… and the spiritual response… The Lord blessed their idea… So they continued… Now when they set up it is a production… lives are changed, souls are saved, medical care is given, counseling is provided and the world is changing because of their influence… just a few men and an idea….

I am thinking of a woman with a beautiful spirit, who decided that if she knew about it there would be no child who didn’t have school supplies… so she set out to get donations of school supplies for the local elementary and middle school… Again, she was shocked at the response of the community and the businesses… First, her local two schools benefited… then the abundance of the Lord started pouring in.. so that every Tuesday she and several other devoted women receive and divide school supplies… soon they had all their local schools needed.  Other schools heard of this and asked for help from the women.  So they branched out… now thousands of kids in many different places receive school supplies…

I am thinking of another person who took it upon himself to supply blankets to the homeless during the cold nights of the Houston winter….  the difference here is that this is a boy only 12 years old… he felt he had heard Gods word and decided to ask his parents to go to a local store and purchase basic blankets…  When they went to distribute the blankets they found that there were not enough to do around at all… the boy then started asking companies for blankets and friends for volunteer help… God blessed his work… now he distributes thousands of blankets every winter… lives are saved… lives are changed through the reality of the love of a little boy…

I am thinking of a person who decided that every senior citizen deserved at least a call a day… to break their loneliness… to insure their safety…. to insure they knew they were loved and cared for in their infirmity… he soon found he couldn’t do it alone because soon others suggested elderly who couldn’t go to church… now nearly one hundred volunteers work out of a church building with a phone bank built with donations calling to check on many, many senior citizens each day… the world has changed because of his good work….

I am thinking of a retired teacher who thought that the kids in her local school could use some math tutoring in the afternoon… Her first afternoon in the library was lonely… but soon one shy little boy came in… he needed help on his fractions…. the next day he brought a friend… then another and another …. The program now serves hundreds of kids in many schools and has raised test scores of students as well as the self-esteem of the kids because one woman cared.

These are all the products of one person’s hands…. one persons heart… one persons Holy idea that the Lord blessed immensely because all of them were done in His name and for the least of His children…

Never doubt how you can influence the lives around you..   God has given you all the power and ability you need… he equips those he calls….

Answer the call…. find something that moves you deeply… something that calls out to your heart… something that calls from within your soul… if you look into your heart, your soul and listen to the quiet prompting of the Holy Spirit your work will be blessed and will truly change the world…

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Thankfulness for the hard times

Thankfulness for good things… easy

 Thankfulness for the good things that happen in life is what most people usually express.  People express thanks for life, family, home, food, cars, money… etc… etc…. etc…  Those are the easy things.  Good things are easy things for which to be thankful.  They don’t hurt or challenge us. 

Thankfulness for the hard things … not easy

It’s the hard things for which we need to be thankful as well.  The times when we don’t know what we are going to do next.  The times when you don’t know where your next dollar is going to come from are as important of the times of great plenty.  The times when the car has just been totaled making you unsure where your next one will come from given the budget.  The times when we are challenged by a dark night of the soul that forces us to put up or shut up about our faith.

Faith

Maybe it is only in the hard times that we find our faith.  Faith isn’t very strained when every dollar just flows in, when we are healthy, when we are just flush with success.  No, faith is easy then…. It isn’t our bread that is burning.  Hard times… be thankful for them…

They cause you to lean on Him… they cause you to rely on the strength he has given you… Hard times…

Those are the times we grow… the times we learn what we CAN do in the face of impossible odds, if only we have the courage to do them… Hard times…

They are the only times when we have faith in the invisible… I read recently that the people of the Pacific Islands could go from one island to another across the vast ocean watching the way the waves behaved, watching the way the birds worked the wind.. The rising and setting of the sun and every breeze that wafts across the small boats they sail across the vast reaches of the see drifting above unimaginable depths…

It is in the hard times that we will look to the urgings of the spirit, listening carefully if we keep our steel… knowing that the waves around us tell us the direction to go because they are under the control of God, and that the things we cannot see…. The small urgings of our hearts, they tugs on our souls, the small soft, quiet voice… will lead us to safety… as surely as the sea birds, the waves and the wind, led those ancient mariners to safety over the millennia before they lost the skill as we have lost so many skills of the spirit…

Listen

Only listen, pay attention to that small quiet voice…. Fell the direction of the wind off Angel’s wings… and you will find your way…