Where ever you are, whatever you’re doing, God has placed you here, at this moment, to be used of Him–to be a glorious, beautiful declaration of grace and truth. You can be a catalyst for change–a revolutionary that motivates others to make change and share God’s love with a hurting world. You can also be a supporter, one who “catches the vision” and runs alongside the visionary. Both roles are equally important, both have the opportunity to create positive change, but whatever you do, don’t remain on the sidelines!
Revolutionize “Our” World by Jennifer Hallmark
”‘I’m sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. I’m sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me.” Acts 26:17-18 The Message
Are you a revolutionary? Encarta Dictionary has two definitions I like: “causing, supporting, or advocating revolution” and “so new and different as to cause a major change in something.” We can start a “revolution” in our circle of influence through outreach.
Our local band of published and unpublished authors, North Alabama Writer’s Group, decided to make a difference. This group meets once a month to discuss writing technique, personal accomplishments, current events in the writing world, and now service projects. The first outreach ministered to one Christian sister still recovering from the tornadoes of April 27th, 2011.
Joyce, dedicated wife and mother of four, has been active in her church and community for years. In a few moments, she lost her home, vehicles, and husband of over thirty years. Our group discovered that churches and other organizations were helping with the rebuilding of her home and replacement of vehicles. What could we do?
As writers, we all had one thing in abundance to share with our sister in Christ. Books. We gathered new and slightly used books to fill a basket and restock her library. All the books were hope-filled, inspiring fiction and non-fiction, and we threw in flavored tea bags to complete her gift.
It’s time to ask God, what can I do? What can the groups or clubs I belong to do to reach others and bring glory to Him? No act is too simple if it brings joy to another. God has gifted every person on earth for outreach if they will take the time to look to Him. Whether it is through encouragement, prayer, greeting cards, phone calls, giving, or simply being there, we can be a revolutionary to the people in our community, state, and world.
Father God, revolutionize my life. Open my eyes to the task before me, the people I am to love and help, always pointing the way to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Jennifer Hallmark is a writer of southern fiction and women’s ministry consultant. She has a website, http://www.jenniferhallmark.com and shares a writer’s reference blog, http://writingpromptsthoughtsideas.blogspot.com. Her first novel in the trilogy, Journey of Grace: A New Beginning is currently searching for a good home. Jennifer resides with husband Danny in Alabama and loves her family, dog Max and coffee shops, in no particular order.
Again, we ask–are you a revolutionary or are you collecting cobwebs? If the latter, dust off, my friend, and join God’s children as we pour out the ever-reaching, initiating love of Christ. What can you do *today* to participate in God’s glorious plan? And will you invite others to join you?
Thanks again to my August Reach Out donors: