M A K E  A  D I F F E R E N C E !


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What an incredible blessing to share time with this Godly man who spoke into my life 30+ years ago. I will never forget... always be reminded of his words... on a day when I thought the sermon was flat and lifeless... the phone rings at 2:30 PM Sunday afternoon... "Hi Pastor! This is Paul. I just want you to know that God spoke through you today." God spoke through Paul... Isaiah 55:11... “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”  Struggling with God’s call to preach, I finally yielded kneeling with my wife and son at our couch in Phoenix, AZ... “We’ll go wherever you want us to go; I just know You want me to do this. I just ask one thing... as I walk out on this limb, will you please hold up that proverbial limb?” That afternoon God reminded me He was expressing His AMAZING GRACE through His servant Paul Raber. I got it loud an clear.

     These things I ponder today...

  1. God is faithful. He will accomplish His purpose in our lives when we are abandoned to His purpose in our lives to follow Him and carry His message; whether in the marketplace or in a faith community.

  2. God speaks through you and me if we will allow Him to speak a word of encouragement, a word of hope, a word of life, etc.. Paul determined to call me. He could have dispensed with the idea... he’d have to get out of the chair, walk to the phone, and he’d have to say something being a man of few words.

  3. We can focus on our insecurity and refuse to be a vessel of honor for someone else.

  4. After sharing the story with Paul, he expressed amazement that God could use him to encourage this pastor. He celebrated with tears and clapping. SO... if someone has encouraged you lately, please let them know. Tell them exactly how God blessed you through them.

  5. As I said, Paul was a man of few words, but whenever Paul spoke I always heard GOD! You see God doesn’t need our many words to communicate His love and grace He just needs a vessel who will respond to His still small voice and take action.

I hope you will MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE’S LIFE TODAY! I sure want to. You see EVERY PERSON YOU MEET TODAY is a soul with an eternal destiny. Smile, be kind, the simple acts can make a HUGE DIFFERENCE! Press on!