As we drove to Georgia this past Sunday, I had several thoughts that were really, really good. One of the things I enjoy doing (but don't do a lot) is listening to podcasts of some of my favorite preachers (Francis Chan, Andy Stanley, Craig Groeschel, Perry Noble and others). In the midst of our LOVE MORE ... EXPECT LESS. series and hearing feed back fro our Give Back challenge, I continue to be overwhelmed by how God is loving people through us.
I reflect back on the things God was birthing in me this past summer, and something hit me. No, it wasn't my wife hitting me cause I said something dumb, and it wasn't one of the children throwing something from the back of the Tahoe. It was big truck passing us somewhere in South Carolina. It was a truck from Target stores, and I noticed their slogan:
Matthew 9:36 (nlt) --- When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
Acts 4:34-35 (nlt) --- There were no needy people among them, because those who owned land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles to give to those in need.
John 12:32 (nlt) --- And when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.
Point them to Jesus.
Why are these random LOVE thoughts? It is because God continues to stir in me and in you how we can give His love away and make a difference in the lives of people we encounter.
Psalm 79:8-9 (nlt) ...Let your compassion quickly meet our needs, for we are on the brink of despair. Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the glory of your name. Save us and forgive our sins for the honor of your name.