Read a good book? What is your life telling others?

Posted: December 21, 2013 in Lifestyle, Priorities
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There are four men I have met in my lifetime who have altered the direction of my life. Two of these men you may have heard of and the others you probably have not. What was it in their life that caused me to pause and take a look at life differently? Talking with and hanging out with these men was like reading a different book. I learned from each of them by looking deeply into the story each of them was telling through their life.

Larry Hinson introduced me to Jesus as we played hand ball, shared chicken dinners together and walked around campus over a couple of years. His willingness to be in my life was a book I was unaccustomed to reading. Max Barnett’s life opened my eyes to how God could use anyone’s life and I discovered the word “vision” from him. I spent a week with Henry Blackaby in Saskatchewan and after that week I wanted to know God like Henry did. Hou wanted to learn to drive and study the Biible. We did both and then he asked me “can a communist become a Christian?” I told him yes and hes said “then I want to become a Christian.” God spoke to me at that point and told me I would be taking students the following summer somewhere overseas in a summer mission project. That was 1991. Since that time I have been able to take students into many countries to open our “life books” and the story of how Jesus can help them figure out life and faith.

What is your life telling others about: love, forgiveness, faith, the consumer culture…? People won’t usually believe God will work in their lives until they see Him in our life.

What is required for them to want to read our book? Being involved consistently with them, telling the truth about ourselves and God, and listening to them show we care and they want to turn the page for more.

Check these out: Matthew 6:19-21, 18:21-22, John 13:34-35, 2 Corinthians 2:14, and Hebrews 11:6.

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books (Photo credit: brody4)

Why not begin to give the Christmas gift of letting others read the book of your life all year long?

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