Monthly Archives: September 2018
Monthly Archives: September 2018
Sharing Your Light
It’s hard for me to let my light shine when all I’ve ever known was darkness. My humor, my personality, heck my whole demeanor has always exuded darkness. That is until I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart. So now when you see me shine, it’s not really me. I’m only reflecting the light that’s inside of me.
“…Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16, NIV
Robert had been active daily on Facebook for years. He often posted photos about the adventures he was going with his kids, how much he loved his wife, and what he was doing for his community.
When Robert was injured in a job accident, he knew he’d probably never work in construction again. He’d loved the joy of working with his hands and he was disappointed that he’d have to start his career over.
A Facebook friend reached out to Robert to let him know about a small, local organization was starting up. The organization would be focused on reaching out to at-risk teens.
So, Robert went to meet with the director. “As soon as Brett suggested you, I wanted to meet with you,” the director explained. “I’ve been following your posts on Facebook for a while and I know you’re the kind of mentor we need here.”
Although Robert hadn’t known it at the time, the posts about his family and his community were broadcasting his faith. He was delighted when the organization’s director offered him a job, provided he completed a training period.
God, help me to remember that everything I do online is a reflection of You. I want that reflection to be encouraging and uplifting. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
He Hears Our Prayers
Have you ever wonder if God hears our prayers? I know I have, consider this:
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” – 1 John 5:14, NIV
David was a webmaster for his local church. When he asked if anyone wanted a prayer requests page so church members could share their needs and praises, he was surprised at the number of people who loved the feature.
Pretty soon, David created a Facebook group and invited members of his church to post their requests so he could track them for his church’s weekly prayer group.
Then David began seeing requests to join the Facebook group from around the world as others heard about it. He was excited about the opportunity.
“I’d never thought of Facebook as a platform to share my faith before this. But getting to engage with people who need prayer even those living in different countries is amazing.”
Now, David works with his wife and two other volunteers. They keep a list of each prayer request that comes through and they record how God answered that prayer. “It’s inspiring to see how faithful God is day after day.”
God, show me how to share my faith online. I want the world to see how loving and faithful You are! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Showing Local Love
I heard a story earlier on the radio today stating that the number one reason why many adults walk away from their Christian faith and claim atheism is due to the hypocritical judgement of other Christians. The thing is, everyone judges whether they’re a Christian or not.
This made me reflect on my own faith and walk with Christ. I know I’m far from being perfect and know that I’ll never be. To be quite honest I still curse like a sailor, especially when I’m angry. However, I also realize that God is not done with me yet and if I say I believe in Him, then I must make it a point to at least try and do better.
So how do we go about showing some kindness and local love to others?
“Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.” – Proverbs 19:17, NIV
As an adult, I’m now learning to focus on the love and not the hate. Is it easy? Heck no! But what’s the alternative? Be an jerk like everyone else? Bottom line, whether you’re a Christian or not, we can all show a little local love. Check out Patty’s story.
Patty grew up with a single mom and five siblings. Her father had died in a boating accident and although the family wasn’t wealthy, they had been able to comfortably meet their financial needs.
That changed after her father’s death. Patty’s mother struggled to support her six children. It seemed there were always more needs than there was money to meet them.
Years later when Patty was an adult, she was looking on Craigslist for gently used furniture. She found a “wanted” ad by a single mother looking for secondhand boots for her children.
Patty remembered the pain of going without as a child and she quickly contacted the woman to let her know she wanted to help. She bought the single mom a pair of shoes for each of her children.
Now, Patty makes it her mission to search through Craigslist ads for those in need. If she can provide the item, she does. If she can’t, she lets the poster know about an organization or charity that might help.
God, help me to remember the needy. Let me be quick to share my time, resources, and gifts with others. Please help me to focus on the love and not the hate in this world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.