Thursday, January 21, 2021

Put Me In Someone's Path

Today, may God put me in someone's path and give me the words to touch their heart.

I pray something similar to this at least once a week. It took me a long time to get to the point where I could ask to be put in this position. It started years ago when a neighbor, who sent her kids to a Christian school but I'm pretty sure had never stepped foot into a church, complained to me that the school scared her kids by talking about heaven and hell and being saved. 

It was a perfect opening to share the Gospel with her. But I didn't. I didn't have the words and I was afraid of saying the wrong thing. I've regretted that missed opportunity ever since. 

Even so, I didn't start asking for another opportunity right away. Like I said, I was afraid. I imagine I felt the way Moses did when God told him to go to the Pharaoh and ask to let the Israelites go. Who am I that anyone would listen to me? I can't speak eloquently and I didn't know what to say.

It would have been pretty cool if God had given me a staff that turned into snake, but He didn't. Well, to be fair, I didn't ask, but I'm not so sure He would have anyway. Instead, He's steadily provided me with knowledge and confidence through the years. 

I started praying for those opportunities several years ago. I haven't witnessed any dramatic transformations, but I do think I have planted plenty of seeds. I also feel that I've changed some minds about what a Christian is really like. You know those people who think that Christians are all pious and judgmental? Yeah, I've met plenty of them and I believe that I've shown them that Christians are just regular people, like them.

I also think that I've shown Christians and the unsaved alike the love of Jesus. Everyone needs a little love now and then and I'm always happy to brighten someone's day.

So, I ask God to put me in someone's path, knowing that He'll give me the words and the courage to say what they need to hear. 

Friday, January 15, 2021

Psalm 40:2

He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.

Most of us have been there: in a hole so deep we aren't sure how to get out. It may be because of a deep depression or an addiction that we just can't break. Maybe it's caused by financial problems or a sin we haven't confessed. Whatever the reason, it can have the power to crush us. But there's hope! Jesus can pick you up and set you on the rock far above your troubles. Just ask. He's waiting for you.