Longing for Ordinary

Now we can look forward to the salvation God has promised us. There is no longer any room for doubt, and we can tell others that salvation is ours, for there is no question that he will do what he says.

In response to all that he has done for us, let us outdo each other in being helpful and kind to each other and in doing good.

Let us not neglect our church meetings, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back is drawing near. Hebrews 10: 23-25 (TLB)

Terri Hellard-Brown lives in California. Terri has always wanted to do great things for God - to change the world and to live a life that mattered. She didn't want to have any regrets at the end of her life. Maybe it's age; hopefully it's wisdom - but now she longs for the ordinary life.

A simple phone call showed her the importance of "ordinary." It was from a student she had taught during her first year of teaching when she had done her best but failed often. This student was diagnosed with severe ADHD. A local gang was also trying to recruit him. Terri spent that year encouraging him. He called that day to tell Terri he had become a Christian while in her class and that his family had become Christians as well. He said that she had made a difference in their lives and that now he was preparing to become a youth minister. He showed Terri that the ordinary, daily encouragement we give to people can change everything.

God was able to use Terri's words to change that family, and who knows how many people God has changed through this young man's ministry? In God's hands, the ordinary become extraordinary. Who knows what God will do with the seemingly ordinary words of encouragement and love we offer?

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to seize the opportunities you give us each day to encourage, help and love others, in Jesus' name, amen


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