Evening Prayer

I pray that you will not let anyone look down on you. May you set an example for others in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. May you understand that God chooses anyone He desires, regardless of their accomplishment, skill or special experience. I pray that you will be willing and humble-hearted so that God can use you to do His work. May you win the hearts of other believers through the purity and reverence of your life.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Live Loved

“I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more.”

[1 Corinthians 9:19]

“Follow Me”

Does Christ still use simple folks like us to change the world?

Edith would say yes.

Edith Hayes was a spry eighty-year-old with thinning white hair, a wiry five-foot frame, and an unquenchable compassion for South Florida’s cancer patients. I was fresh out of seminary in 1979 and sitting in an office of unpacked books when she walked in and introduced herself: “My name is Edith, and I help cancer patients.” She extended her hand. I offered a chair. She politely declined. “Too busy. You’ll see my team here at the church building every Tuesday morning. You’re welcome to come, but if you come, we’ll put you to work.” …

Edith rented an alley apartment, lived on her late husband’s pension, wore glasses that magnified her pupils, and ducked applause like artillery fire.

God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called. Don’t let Satan convince you otherwise. He will try. He will tell you that God has an IQ requirement or an entry fee. That he employs only specialists and experts, governments and high-powered personalities. When Satan whispers such lies, dismiss him with this truth: God stampeded the first-century society with swaybacks, not thoroughbreds. Before Jesus came along, the disciples were loading trucks, coaching soccer, and selling Slurpee drinks at the convenience store. Their collars were blue, and their hands were calloused, and there is no evidence that Jesus chose them because they were smarter or nicer than the guy next door. The one thing they had going for them was a willingness to take a step when Jesus said, “Follow me.”

Are you more dinghy than cruise ship? More stand-in than movie star? More plumber than executive? More blue jeans than blue blood? Congratulations. God changes the world with folks like you.

[Outlive Your Life]

Lord Jesus,

Thank you for not calling the qualified but qualifying those you call. You don’t require us to be a specialist or an expert to be used by you. You simply choose those who will follow you. You don’t stipulate diplomas or dollars or dignity. You simply ask for dedication. You choose to change the world through simple folks like me who are willing to say yes. Thank you,

Amen.

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory.”

[Ephesians 3:20]

~ Max Lucado ~

Strength Today

But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance.

[Rom 8:25]

Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day.

[2 Pet 3:8]

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Lord! who Thy thousand years dost wait

To work the thousandth part

Of Thy vast plan, for us create

With zeal a patient heart.

~ J. H. NEWMAN ~

I believe that if we could only see beforehand what it is that our heavenly Father means us to be,—the soul beauty and perfection and glory, the glorious and lovely spiritual body that this soul is to dwell in through all eternity,—if we could have a glimpse of this, we should not grudge all the trouble and pains He is taking with us now, to bring us up to that ideal, which is His thought of us. We know that it is God’s way to work slowly, so we must not be surprised if He takes a great many years of discipline to turn a mortal being into an immortal, glorious angel.

~ ANNIE KEARY ~