A Sharpening Moment - February 15, 2016

After leading a rousing worship service yesterday including Valentine deliveries, energetic kids, and "Jesus Loves Me", I was approached by a gentlemen named Mark with compliments to my voice.  We chatted for a while; he attends regularly, sings in the choir, and works downtown at a somewhat stressful job.  His biggest challenge appeared to be keeping a good attitude towards difficult and lazy co-workers who make more work for him.  

When I mentioned these difficulties were a great way to share his faith, he said "Oh, I don't really share my faith."  When I asked why not, he told me he was shy (but lets his actions speak, hoping others notice).   Actions are good - but words are important.    I reminded Mark that he'd been having a pretty good conversation with a virtual stranger for the past 10 minutes :-).  I followed up with a little round of encouragements and ended with a challenge for him to mention something spiritual to someone at work this week.  How about a small comment like:  "I will pray for you; God bless you; Jesus is with you" - to shine just a little more obviously -and see what happens.  

At the tail end of the conversation, a lady who'd overheard us said, "Oh, Mark is a great guy!"  Mark responded, "Thanks, Irene." then turned to me - "I sing in the choir with Irene."   So, I included Irene in on the challenge and asked her to try the same thing.   I suggested the two of them ask each other how it went at their next choir practice.  They both smiled at their shared secret challenge and we circled up for prayer.  It was a sweet moment.   

Proverbs 27:17 says "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another."    

One of the resources we have within our church families is to connect with others who will sharpen us and challenge us to live out our faith every day.  Best of all, we have the Holy Spirit who brings boldness and courage to shine our lights just a little brighter! 
 

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  • Greg Meltz

    Greg Meltz Fond du Lac

    What wonderful words of encouragement Wendysue! I have been studying to be a elder and I too am a bit shy and need the right words; but even Jesus told us, and you reinforce (my paraphrase) "step out, and let the Holy Spirit work". I am much better writing words, than I am speaking them. God continue to bless you and your Ministry, Wendysue

    What wonderful words of encouragement Wendysue! I have been studying to be a elder and I too am a bit shy and need the right words; but even Jesus told us, and you reinforce (my paraphrase) "step out, and let the Holy Spirit work". I am much better writing words, than I am speaking them. God continue to bless you and your Ministry, Wendysue

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