When he was working in our house Paul had told me about his friend who was critically ill with a brain tumour. Everyone was very worried because he was going downhill so fast and it seemed nothing could be done. I asked if I could pray with him for his friend and he agreed.
Paul said that was the tipping point. Previously his friend had been getting progressively worse and worse, but after that he started to get steadily better and better. Now he is back to normal and in Paul’s words “alive and kicking”!! Thank you Lord.
On Saturday, one of our Encounter students, who used to live near me, asked “remember when you prayed for me and Leigh-Ann?” Years ago Ashley had been playing with my daughter, Leigh-Ann, and when they came to tell me something that had happened, I had prayed with them.
Ashley said this had a big impact on her. Later she came to faith and I had the privilege of praying with her again a few years ago at her baptism. Now she too gets to pray for loads of kids by serving in kids ministry.
We’ve often no idea of the significance of actions that we’ve long forgotten.
Sometimes I’m tempted to feel like my world has shrunk as I have to rest at home more and I feel like I’m not “doing” much. This week The Lord has very kindly reminded me that the the small moments I chose to pray with someone in my home have had an impact way beyond these four walls in making a difference in the lives of others.
As Pete Greig says “The choices you make in the small moments can have disproportionate impact.”
Be encouraged that your choices make a difference and I pray this week The Lord reveals to you the huge impact of those small moments. The irony is I had seen Paul since last summer and I see Ashley regularly but it was this week they both chose to tell me!
Be an encourager! Remind someone else this week of the difference they have made in your life. Ask them “remember when …?” Chances are they won’t! But they will be greatly encouraged that you do and when you tell them the impact it had.
Let’s ask “what can I do today to make a difference to someone’s day?”
Never settle for anything less than an extraordinary life that changes the lives of others. John Paul Jackson