Thursday, September 18, 2008

just ask the question [+] Thursday E-Devotion

"The next time someone needs you . . . just be there."  

That is a line from a story one of our precious ladies sent me this morning of a Marine who stood and encouraged a dying man by standing in for the man's son.  Another great story.  You see the point.  Be there for people.

Do we ever miss opportunities?  Do we loose the place to share with others?  Yes, we do.  Most of the time they are lost simply because we do not step forward, make an effort or ask the question.

My prayer for The Community Fellowship family during our 30 Days to Live series is that we will start conversations that will turn to Jesus.  Just ask the question.  Just speak up.  Keep the conversation going and talk about the things that mean something to you.

Why?  People need to hear your heart and mine.  People need to be asked to think about life.  I am convinced, more now and than ever, that we are to talk about what the people around us are talking about.  Life issues.  Death and Depression.  Hurt and Hunger.  As we speak, we speak life into their lives.  Just ask the question and start the conversation!

Ephesians 3:18 (nlt) --- And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

Galatians 6:2 (nlt) --- Share each other's burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 

2 Peter 1:2 (nlt) --- May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 

Be there for the people you encounter.  Life is short.  Opportunities are rare.  Yet God is God, and He is good.

Just ask the question.  Start the conversation.  What if you had 30 days to live?  What would you do?  Where would you go?  Who would you love?

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