I just have a simple reminder for you today.
Remember this: While there is breath in your lungs, there is hope – the promise of a new day. The key is that we continue to trust God even when everything screams for us to doubt His goodness. I don’t know what you may be going through right now, but God does.
He knows. He cares. He tends.May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
“Excuse me, are you Christine Caryofyllis?” I was sitting in the hair salon and was very surprised to hear my maiden name. When I spun around in my chair, I was delighted to see Mrs. Jones, one of my teachers from high school! She sat down in the empty chair next to me, and we immediately began sharing what had been happening in our lives over the last quarter century.
She had been an excellent teacher, full of life and joy; I cannot remember her ever being in a bad mood. She truly believed in all us girls, and she always was available to listen, encourage and go out of her way to assist us. I have to admit that I cannot remember anything she taught me in class, but what she taught me about attitude and consideration for other people was invaluable.
Mrs. Jones wasn’t a famous evangelist. She was simply determined to impact lives with the love of God.
Just think of the impact we could have if every single Christian was determined to allow the example of our lives to do more “witnessing” than our mouths.Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. Proverbs 3:27
Not too long ago, I had what I’d like to call my very own Good Samaritan opportunity. As I sat in my living room, I noticed out the window, one of my neighbors packing up his truck. I didn’t give it much thought. I assumed he was just cleaning out a few things.
However, the next day, as I was talking to this man’s wife, Nicole, she broke down and revealed that her husband had left her and their two children for another woman.
At that moment, I had a choice to make. Would I simply hug her, tell her I was sorry and pray for her? Or would I choose to get involved in her pain? I chose to get involved.
During the next few weeks, we spent a lot of time talking and crying. I was able to shine the light of Christ in the midst of very dark circumstances, and what could have been simply another statistic turned into a great testimony. In time, Nicole became a follower of Christ, and she and her children are now building their lives on the foundation of God’s Word.
Never underestimate what a small act of love could do for someone … even if it’s just listening. It could literally change the course of their lives and the lives of their family members.… as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10
Then Pilate said, “So, are you a king or not?” Jesus answered, “You tell me. Because I am King, I was born and entered the world so that I could witness to the truth. Everyone who cares for truth, who has any feeling for the truth, recognizes my voice” (John 18:37, MSG).
Being a witness is not a program; it’s a lifestyle. We show our “neighbor” what authentic Christianity looks like in a practical way when we live lives that are flourishing and that demonstrate the claims of Christ actually work when the rubber meets the road.
When Jesus was speaking to Pilate, He said that He came to earth to bear witness to the truth, and His words have profound implications for each and every one of us. Jesus did not come only to proclaim the truth (which is imperative), but also so ensure that every aspect of His life was bearing witness to that truth.
Similarly, our lives ought to be bearing witness to the truth of God’s Word: in our relationships, our lifestyles, our habits, our spending priorities, the moral choices we make, our values and dreams.Our friends do not want to be exposed to a series of religious rules or rituals; they want to see that this faith-life works!
We love because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).
My husband Nick loved me and relentlessly pursued me, wooing me in every way he could conceive. As he did, my disinterest in him became interest and my enjoyment of him grew into anticipation of more time together, which brought deeper joy and satisfaction. Love was born.
But Nick wasn’t the first one to pursue me.
God passionately pursued me. When His love and grace captivated my heart, it awakened in me my own sense of divine purpose and destiny. I discovered that His plans for me were for good and not for evil, that He was for me and not against me, and ever so trustworthy. Thus began a lifetime love affair of responding to the love of God.
God’s relentless pursuit of me birthed a passion for life and for the purposes of God.
When our relationship with God is passionate, the race we run becomes a “want to” instead of a “have to.” When you are fueled by the love and grace of God, you will have the inner strength required to keep running and not give up. Every step of your run will be part of the adventure of your love affair with Jesus.*Today’s devotional was taken from Christine Caine’s latest book, Unstoppable.