Sunday, March 14, 2010

Encouragement

Where do you find encouragement? We all need it. We all want it. Where do we find it?

Sometimes I find it right on the pages of scripture. Other times God uses people to speak a word of hope, challenge or encouragement to my heart at just the right time.

I needed encouragement this weekend. Nothing was really wrong. It's just so easy to grow a little . . . complacent. Maybe I was taking God's amazing presence a bit for granted. I wasn't even aware of it until . . . God spoke.

He used Tina Hutchison at the women's breakfast Saturday. Visit her at http://tina4hope.blogspot.com/ Wow that girl can speak and sing. She has a God-given passion that is contagious. I'm so glad some of it rubbed off on me! Tina challenged us to STEP OUT with God -- even when we're afraid -- even when it's hard. It's worth the risk to STEP OUT in faith to follow a trustworthy God who desires the best for His children.

I want my faith to be contagious. I want my passion for God to rub off on people I meet. I want to be different and to make a difference. I truly want all that -- but to be honest, I just don't want it to be hard or scary or risky.

But it is.

So sometimes I find myself playing it safe. And I'm tired of safe.

Tina's message on Saturday intrigued me so much that I followed her to our college and 20's Sunday School class to hear more from her. I tried to blend in -- think anyone noticed I was a tad older than the rest of the class?

Tina encouraged me again with God's Word from Ephesians 5:16 -- to redeem the time -- to make the most of the time -- of every opportunity. And I realized I don't want to waste time, or bide my time, or pass the time.

So now I know what I don't want: to play it safe and waste time. I don't want to fall back into complacency. I wonder how my life will change if I do more than just listen to what God spoke into my life this weekend. I wonder.

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