Life is good. I am undeservedly blessed and humbled to know it. I love being involved in people’s lives and pointing them to Jesus Christ. The last year has been full of amazing God moments that are hard to explain. I have never felt more passionate about what God is doing in and through this church. However, this does not mean life is not full of troubles at times.
In fact, the last few weeks have not been easy for me - to say the least. If something could go wrong, it went wrong. Ever had one of those days, weeks, months or even years? You ever wonder why it seems like a landslide of problems all happen at once? I have dealt with people problems, church problems, leadership issues, and problems at home (plumbing leaks, medical bills, car issues, etc.). Can you relate to that?
As everything seemed to be pressing down on me, one of my friends took the time to ask me how I was doing. Not the typical drive-by “what’s up man?” that we are all accustomed to being asked. It was an authentic, look-you-right-in-the-eyes, “How are you doing?” God used that moment in a powerful way, and we ended up talking for over an hour. All the problems I faced didn’t go away, but I saw God as bigger than those problems. It was a perspective issue, and God used my friend to break through.
Solomon writes in Proverbs 25:11-12, “A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray. A wise correction to a receptive ear is like a gold ring or an ornament of gold.”
This verse should inspire us to speak life into people, encourage a person that you know is going through a difficult time in their life, or warn someone about something that could be destructive in their life. God says that speaking at just the right time is beyond valuable. It is like golden apples. Do you know how much gold is trading for on the market right now? Yeah, that kind of valuable!
God often uses people to communicate His love. Think of people in your life today with whom you can make a valuable difference. Don’t shy away from what God might be calling you to do. Be bold, and remember that you might be bringing the good news someone needs to hear. “Good news from a distant land is like cold water to a parched throat.” (Proverbs 25:25)
Pray. Go. Speak.