“HERE AM I! SEND ME.”

 And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”       Then  I said, “Here am I! Send me.”  (Isaiah 6:8) **********************************************

Opportunities

Waiting . . .

For someone.

I am someone.

Am I the one?

Am I willing?

Will I hear

His Voice

Ask “Who?”

Will I say,

“Here am I!

Send me.”

And He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. (Luke 10:2)

 We know the world needs the Lord. Where can we make a difference in our part of the world?  The opportunities are many. We just need to look and listen: Our communities need the Lord. Our neighborhoods need the Lord. Our families need the Lord. You need the Lord. I need the Lord. Every single day and every moment in each day.

Opportunities to share Christ are waiting for each one of us. Some surprise us by their delivery right to us: A message from people we knew ten to twenty years ago and haven’t had any     contact with since then—until now, reaching out. We may hesitate before deciding to open the messages, but if we do, we can see the possibility of sharing the Lord. Just a chance occurrence? I truly believe not. The Lord allows us to hear someone knocking. Do we have the ears to hear? It is our decision to open the door and walk into that person’s life once again. This is my testimony recently. I opened those doors, walked back in, saw a need for the Lord, prayed, and left the door wide open, continuing to connect, pray, and share the Lord.

Why do we hesitate to enter those doors that seem to have opportunities waiting behind them? Do we fear involvement, engagement, a personal cost?

Seek the Lord and His strength, seek His presence continually! (I Chronicles 16:11)

 We won’t go alone when we seek to do His Will. We won’t be afraid, knowing His Presence is with us continually. We won’t be weak in the task when we lean on His strength to guide us and keep us strong. Yes, there will be involvement. Yes, there must be engagement. Yes, there is a personal cost. That is discipleship with Jesus.

Many doorknobs are waiting to be opened. People are knocking on the other side. Maybe faintly, wanting to be heard but fearful to be heard. Maybe aggressively, demanding to be heard in a way that seems the opposite of need and, yet, strongly suggests a need. Maybe just hoping someone will interpret the knock and open the door. Maybe not knocking at all but waiting for us to knock and ask to enter.

Maybe we know them. Maybe they are strangers. Maybe they are close to our heart.

Everyone is an opportunity placed before us.

Will we say-

“Here am I!

 Send me.”

(Sharon G. Tate blog 08/25/19) teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN 2019: I AM MORE THAN ONE–WITH THE LORD

                This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

 An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in.

A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.1

 The Pessimist:

Let’s leave 2018 behind as quickly as possible and watch the ball drop at Times Square to make sure this year departs. It’s been a year of turmoil, strife, violence, loss, an increase in acceptance and tolerance of immoral behavior, and a challenge to our Christian faith. Why would we want to hold onto it? Just “drop the ball” and start off anew on January 1st, 2019.

The Optimist:

Let’s reflect on 2018: A year of turmoil, strife, violence, loss, an increase in acceptance and tolerance of immoral behavior, and a challenge to our Christian faith—during which times many demonstrated courage, empathy, charity, forgiveness, compassion, sacrifice, and great faith. It has been a year where we were called to stand for what we believe in, both publicly and privately. The ball may “drop” to end 2018, but what we learned this year should be carried into 2019. We cannot start anew; we must start where we left off and make use of the lessons of 2018 to build up our faith, our courage, our empathy, our charity, our forgiveness, our compassion, and our willingness to make sacrifices for the Lord.

The Pessimist: I am only one. What can I do to make a difference?

The Optimist:  I am the one. “{I} must be the change {I} wish to see in the world” 2  and in myself.

**“Do I dare Disturb the universe?” ― T.S. Eliot 3

**“In a gentle way, [I] can shake the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi 4

** “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” ― Edward Everett Hale 5

**“I have one life and one chance to make it count for something… My faith demands that I do whatever I can, wherever I am, whenever I can, for as long as I can with whatever I have to try to make a difference.” ― Jimmy Carter 6

    “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5:16)

A new year awaits us. Let us go to our “war rooms” and pray with due diligence to be stronger in our trust in God, wiser in our actions by His guidance, and bolder in our decisions to make a difference for the Lord.

I AM MORE THAN ONE—WITH THE LORD.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 12/30/18) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word

 

1 Bill Vaughan. brainyquote.com

2 Mahatma Gandhi. brainyquote.com  “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

3 T. S. Eliot. http://www.goodreads.com

4 Mahatma Gandhi.brainyquote.com  “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

5 Edward Everett Hale. brainyquote.com

6 Jimmy Carter. goodreads.com