“When God calls you to step into someone’s life for their good, will you say yes?”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 8, 2022
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24
When I think about women in the Bible, I think about a few the Lord called out of their comfort zones for good such as Esther, Mary, the mother of Jesus and Ruth. When I think about the women in my life who have been champions for my good, change, and growth in God’s love, one woman comes to mind who altered my life in ways that I honestly can’t even comprehend. If she hadn’t come into my life, I wonder how long I would have stayed stuck in discouragement.
I was a new believer, grappling with the financial demands of adulthood, and weighed down with insecurities, fear, and a broken heart. I was 23 and I prayed, “Lord, I would really like someone to mentor me . . .an older woman to meet with me and pray with me each week.”
During this time, I was delivering cookies to office buildings for a local bakery in Boise, Idaho. One day, I walked into an office and a woman greeted me. I recognized her from church although I had never spoken with her. We talked for a few minutes and then I said, “Do you know anyone who would mentor me?” She asked what I was looking for. She replied, “Let me pray about it and I will get back with you.”
She went away on a weekend trip with her husband and when she came back, she told me she felt the Lord was saying it was okay to mentor me.
For the next two years, Cheryl stepped outside her comfort zone with me. Every week she met with me, prayed for me, and taught me about God’s love through action. She listened to me cry—sometimes complain—and wrestle with unbelief and fear. She mailed me love notes from God, affirming my value, His concern for me, and words of comfort. I am certain there were moments when she wondered what she had gotten herself into, but she was steadfast, constant, and always gentle.
Cheryl changed my life because she was willing to invest in me. She stepped outside her comfort zone and said yes when God called. I am forever grateful she was willing to do that which probably wasn’t easy or convenient.
Through her example, I saw a woman who was willing to trust Christ and do what she could to love others well. Years later, I passed on Cheryl’s gift of love and mentoring to several young women who needed encouragement. The ripples of God’s love continued. I only hope I honored Cheryl by loving them as well as she had loved me.
When God calls you to step into someone’s life either through mentoring, doing a favor, consistently praying, giving or something else, will you say yes?
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
Lord, please help me to be available and to remember that loving others is what matters most. Amen.
The next time the Lord invites you to step outside your comfort zone for the good of someone else, say yes.
Colossians 3:16; Hebrews 13:3; John 15:12
Steven Curtis Chapman: All About Love
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