Day 25: One Voice

The right word spoken at the right time can make an eternal difference. (pg 141 Draw the Circle)

 

Jimmy the dry cleaner was the only person I can remember believing in me…(pg 142 Draw the Circle)

 

And your words have the potential to change lives by helping people discover their identity in Jesus Christ. (pg 142 Draw the Circle)

 

You don’t have to influence thousands of lives to make a difference. Maybe you’re called to influence one person who will influence thousands. You sow into their life so they can reap a harvest. The fruit of their life is your reward. (pg 142 Draw the Circle)

 

There is no denying how powerful our voice can be.

There is a song that I’ve been hearing on the radio that says this:

Speak Life, speak Life.
To the deadest darkest night.
Speak life, speak Life.
When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why.
Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted;
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope,
You speak love, you speak life.
(Speak Life by TobyMac)

What are your words saying? Are they speaking life or death?

Part of today’s reading talked about Coach Buzz Williams and how he prayed with his basketball team. This one part stuck out to me more than anything for today:

I think Buzz sees his squad of twelve the way Jesus saw His twelve disciples. And isn’t that how we should see every person whom God has intentionally put in our lives – family members, friends, colleagues, and neighbors? (pg 140 Draw the Circle)

Ouch. Did that step on anyone’s toes besides mine?

How can I get there to seeing those around me in that light and how can I make sure that I am speaking life to them?

Prayer.

After reading today’s devotional, I felt compelled to jot down a list of people that have been that kind of influence in my own life. To name and recognize the people that have spoken the right word at the right time and made an eternal difference in my life.

As I looked at the names, I realized how much I want to be like those people. I want to be so close to God that I recognize His prompting and His nudges to give words of hope and life.

How about you? Who are those that have influenced you? What can you learn from them and how can you be more like them? What if we all pay it forward with those that God has intentionally put before our paths?

And don’t think for a second that you don’t have anyone to influence. You have people on your job, people in your family, people in your church, people at the grocery store, some ordinary person that passes by each day. YOU could be the dry cleaner – the only person that believes in someone. Think about it.

Opportunities are EVERYWHERE around us.

And since today is Wednesday, I’m borrowing my husband’s word for #1WordWednesday: Opportunity.

Since he gave that word last week, I’ve been recognizing it everywhere. And it is such a great word, in so many ways.

What’s your 1 Word? Even if you just list that one word below in the comments…share it with us and possibly spark something inside someone else in our group.

~Starr

18 thoughts on “Day 25: One Voice

  1. My word today is change. I am praying for change.. And seeing change. I used to be scared of change and now I embrace it!
    This really spoke to me today….in a silly way. I have been a little disappointed- I am looking for God to show me what I am to do, what plans do you have me Lord? I want to do something big. Knowing that I may never speak to thousands or write a book etc. So again I prayed. Then I read this today. I am doing things. I am encouraging people everyday. That can be BIG for somebody! Wow! I may encourage someone who does speak to 1000 or write a book or even whatever. I may even speak life to someone who has no one else to speak life to them!

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    1. 1 Corinthians 15:51 ESV /

      Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

      Melissa, have no worries. I believe God IS going to do something big in your life!!! Hold on, this journey is just getting started and there’s no telling what God is about to do!

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  2. Starr,
    I’ve missed a lot of the 1 word Wednesdays because I couldn’t think of any. So here’s a make up! Prayer, Love, Humble. Because you see these belong to 3 of the most positive people I’ve known in my life. And I say this because I watched them in my life and in the lives of those around them. The first would be my Mother! And she was a Mother and friend to all. 2nd. Pat Merideth my moms best friend and loved me so much and didn’t want to see me in hell that she kept taking me to church with her cause she knew I wouldn’t tell her no! And the 3rd is my wife Karen. If you ever met her enough said. And if you haven’t find her and meet her because there’s not enough space to tell all. But these 3 ladies hold these 3 one words and because of that. They just always seem to find that Oppertunity. And YES Starr! Some of us have to look a little harder for it. Even though its right in front of us but LORD! NOT THAT PERSON! IM STILL MAD AT WHAT THEY DID! But God is asking us stop pouting and start encouraging! To go out of our way! You never know how it might just soften the soil of ones heart for a seed. Love you all and have a Blessed Day!!

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    1. 1 Corinthians 16:14 ESV /

      Let all that you do be done in love.

      Kenny, I love how you shared with us your influencers and why they have had such an impact in your life. Encouragement can go further than we’ve ever imagined. It lingers on for generations to come! Thank you for commenting again today πŸ™‚

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  3. My word is positive. I want to speak positive things in my husbands life, my childrens lives, my family, my coworkers, etc….Ironically, this has been on my heart since Sunday. I decided that this week I would focus on others instead of myself. Saturday night I heard a lady talking on the radio about her concept of being on an “I” diet. Eliminate from saying “I” all the time. This takes focus off of ourself. I am so guilty of this. So many times, I focus on me me me!!! This week I have tried to not say phrases with “I” this or “I” that. This eliminates a lot of complaining and negativity in my life. I want to focus on speaking life to everyone in my path, especially my husband and children! Lord help me!! Love you Starr!!!!!!

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    1. Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)
      21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
      and those who love it will eat its fruits.

      Kath – I absolutely love the part about the “I diet” – what a practical way to take the focus off me me me and focus on serving others. Would love to try that with you! And praying for our words to continually speak life!

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  4. My one word is encourage. I want to be an encourager. I want my words to matter, to build someone up and not tear down. I want my words to be like “Jimmy the dry cleaner”.

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    1. 1 Thes 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

      Tara, what an incredible opportunity God has given you to encourage and lift up our children every single day. You are already an encouragement to me and I’m grateful for the words of life that you speak into my family every day. Love u!

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  5. My word today is SLOW. I want to be slow to speak. I want to think about what I am going to say. Will these words bring life or death. To many times I am quick to speak and you can’t take back the words. I want to speak life into family, friends, coworkers and all whom God has entrusted me to impact.

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    1. James 1:19 ESV /

      Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;

      Karen – yes, we can’t take back our words. And so many times I wish that I could. Our flesh takes over and we have to constantly bring our minds to Christ to be transformed and renewed. DAILY! Love u!

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  6. My word would be surrender. To surrender to the Holy Spirit, and allow Him to do all and be all in and through me. Only then can others see that Christ is alive in me. I never thought of myself as being a prophet, but pg. 142 tells me I am. I want that Prophetic Voice we read about today, so that the right words will come out of my mouth at the right time. This is not possible unless I allow the Holy Spirit to speak through me in each situation I may encounter. I cannot do this alone. Thank you all for letting me know you understand what I am talking about. Love this study, love all the people involved, love the comments. It has changed my life. Love you Starr

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    1. Psalm 37:7-9 (GW)
      7 Surrender yourself to the LORD, and wait patiently for him. Do not be preoccupied with [an evildoer] who succeeds in his way when he carries out his schemes. 8 Let go of anger, and leave rage behind. Do not be preoccupied. It only leads to evil. 9 Evildoers will be cut off [from their inheritance], but those who wait with hope for the LORD will inherit the land.

      Diane, I immediately thought of this old favorite song:

      All to Jesus I surrender
      All to Him I freely give
      I will ever love and trust Him
      In His presence daily live
      All to Jesus I surrender
      Humbly at His feet I bow
      Worldy pleasures all forshaken
      Take me, Jesus, take me now,

      I surrender all
      I surredner all
      All to Thee my blessed Savior
      I surrender all

      I love you and I think I may have to use your word soon! Love this – thank you for sharing. This one has made me think.

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  7. My word is MORE…I want more of HIM, MORE of His presence, MORE of His love to share, MORE compassion, MORE patience, MORE love, MORE hope, MORE of whatever is needed at that moment that God puts in m path. I pray for MORE of whatever God wants to enrich my life with..

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    1. John 3:30 (NIRV)
      30 He must become more important. I must become less important.

      Have you heard this new song by Colton Dixon? I LOVE the words:

      More of You
      Less of me
      Make me who I’m meant to be
      You’re all I want all I need
      You’re everything
      Take it all I surrender
      Be my king
      God I choose
      More of You
      Less of me

      I will be thinking of you everytime I hear this song this week! MORE God!

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  8. My word for today is compassion. Like Kathryn, I need to focus more on everyone else, having compassion, and stop being so anxious for me and my problems. Since I started circling my office and praying for my boss and my entire team every morning, I feel a spring in my step like I haven’t felt in a while. My thoughts are going much more quickly on godly things rather than letting satan sneak in and steal my joy. I have gotten into the habit of reading the next day’s chapter of the book, the night before. The suggestions in the top paragraph on page 146 are just for me! Tomorrow I will be asking God to remind me to pray before waking into a meeting and then praying a blessing on the people as I leave. This means that I will be praying a lot since I have lots of meetings! I enjoy all the comments and encouragement!

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    1. Matthew 9:36-38 ESV /
      When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, β€œThe harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

      God, give us all a compassion like You had. Help us to see the harvest that is ahead and let us be laborers. And let us pray earnestly.

      I love how you talk about praying as you go into meetings and when you leave. Great practical thing we can all implement into our days! Love u mom!

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  9. Wow those are some really great words y’all listed and shared for this week. Thank you!! I have been in Vegas the last 3 days and what I can tell you is if there’s anything that will increase your prayer life try going to Vegas. Alone. And walking down “the strip”. Lord help us all!! My one word for yesterday is grateful. I became SOOO grateful of my family, my church, my friends, and my simple southern life here in NC. Never would I want that crazy and light filled life that I saw this week. Wow. Just Wow. But anyway I was very impressed with everyone’s words this week and hope to take those new ideas and incorporate them into my vocabulary ASAP πŸ™‚ have a great week! Yes I’m a day behind! πŸ™‚

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    1. Totally ok that you are behind my friend πŸ™‚ and glad that you made it home safely. I have felt the same way before when I’m in a place that is so out of my comfort zone and where sin is just accepted as being so normal. Glad that God revealed for you how much you have to be grateful for. Praying for God to work in you continually!!

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