Posted by: New in Every Way | May 25, 2012

What if . . . ?

What if Abraham Lincoln’s stepmother, Sarah, had not encouraged him to follow his unusual interests in reading and learning?

What if the taxpayers of Wilmington, North Carolina, had not subsidized the high school basketball program that gave Michael Jordan his start?

What if a tailor named J. D. Prevatt had not embraced and counseled sixteen-year-old Billy Graham when he was having second thoughts about giving his life to the Lord?

What if Ruth had not accompanied her mother-in-law to Bethlehem and gleaned grain in Boaz’ field to feed them both?

What if Ananias and Barnabas had not seen former-enemy Saul of Tarsus through God’s eyes and helped him gain a place in the church?

What if my stepmother, Alma Gregory Willard, had not agreed to marry a widower with three preschool-age children and go with him to a foreign land as a missionary?

What if missionary ladies “Aunty” Jane and “Aunty” Alene had not offered hugs and quiet talks as I adjusted to a new mom?

What if [person’s name] had not [done or said _______] for you?

What if you had not [done or said________] for [person’s name]?

10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4:10-11).

Mother Theresa called it doing “small things with great love.” What if you and I hear Jesus call us to change the world, one person at a time, with great love? What if we do that today?

Making It Personal

  • Are you a leader? An encourager? A problem-solver? Ask God to show you the genius he put into you to make a difference for people around you.
  • Are small deeds really so small?
  • Whom will God bless today by sending you their way?
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