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?
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.