Thursday Thoughts | August 10, 2017

 

I was just speaking with a gentleman on the phone that is going to bury his mother tomorrow after a unexpected illness took her life.  She was only 58 years old and her son is still in shock that his mother is gone.  The guy I spoke with is not a member of our church but works for the owners of the property next door and  knows a few of the staff.  He is really a nice guy and has always treated us very well.  We found out about his mother after he “ran into” Ellery a couple of days ago and told hi about it.  He asked Ellery if he could say a few things at the burial service to which Ellery quickly agreed to do.  I called to offer my condolences and he said that he was extremely grateful for all the support from our churches and many family, friends, and coworkers.  In fact, he said he was simply amazed at the number of people that had called to say that they were thinking and praying for him.  He said, “you know, in this crazy world, it’s good to know that there are people that care for you!”  He also told me that Ellery had invited him to church this Sunday and that he and his family were planning on coming.  

 
I write about this to remind you to be a witness where ever you are and when ever the Lord leads you!  The staff has spoken with this gentlemen for several years, mostly in passing comments, and it has made an impact on his life.  When hard times came, he felt comfortable enough to come and talk to us about it and ask for help.  You see, the truth that comes from this story is that we need to build relationships with people and let the light of Christ shine through us so that when they are ready for help (or just to talk) they will know where to come to.  This guy has just seen us day and in and day out just living life and I believe that we have been able to reach him through just being around and being “real”!  There was nothing special that we did, but God has used this acquaintance to potential gain a friend (and hopefully a new church member).  
 
Why do I bring this out?  Because I want to remind you that we need to be witnesses for Christ!  I want to remind you that it isn’t too late to start talking with your neighbor or coworker about what God is doing in your life!  I want to remain you that there is still time to invite people to our Food Truck Sunday!  I want to remind you that we Jesus Christ is the answer for our world today and that He has given believers abundant life – let’s commit to sharing it!  I love you all and I will see you on Sunday!
 
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am com that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10