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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Pausing at DFW . . . tired of traveling . . . but renewed from my time with Landon . . . anxious to see Diane and Chris . . . leaving these words from Tom Sine: "It is still God's policy to work through the embarrassingly insignificant to change his world and create his future." In what "embarrassingly insignificant" ways have you seen God changing the world through his people?

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    By Blogger David Michael, at 10/13/2004 07:42:00 PM  

  • Abandoned, abused, and neglected children are being taken care of tonight by foster parents, in the name of Jesus. A coach today put his arm around a second string player who is having a rough time at home, and told him how much he means to the team. Last week, a third grade teacher encouraged a former student, whose father died unexpectedly. A family, whose father is unemployed, received a check today to help pay some of the bills. A wife sent an email to her husband, who just found out he didn't get the job he wanted, letting him know how much she loved him.

    By Blogger David Michael, at 10/13/2004 07:43:00 PM  

  • A missionary in Chile let it be known that a mother whose son has been out of a job for 2 years would believe in God if her son actually found a job. He is asking his supporters to pray for the son to find a job so that the mother will believe in God. Today I said some words and sent them to heaven. Just words. Insignificant words since I don't know the family in
    Chile. However, life-altering words if other people like me asked God to send this son a job so that a mother would no longer doubt as Thomas once did. Changing the world? No. Changing the world one person at a time? God at his best.

    By Blogger WDS, at 10/13/2004 08:40:00 PM  

  • Sending God's love thru a smile to a total stranger at the grocery store, at a stoplight, at the park. Not just a smile, the light of His love seeking out the light in them.

    By Blogger Candy, at 10/14/2004 07:13:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Candy, at 10/14/2004 07:16:00 AM  

  • Three ways today:

    Me (woefully, embarrassingly insignificant)
    Your blog. It's called a blog for heaven sake.
    Kelli McKnight's comment on an email to our bible class: "we should be different."

    Small, yet huge, and just like God.

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 10/14/2004 08:58:00 AM  

  • Every time I think about something, the fact that God is using it raises it's significance. Maybe that's what Paul was talking about when he said:
    "I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn't just a single part blown up into something huge. It's all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, "I'm not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don't belong to this body," would that make it so? If Ear said, "I'm not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don't deserve a place on the head," would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it. But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn't be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own. Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, "Get lost; I don't need you"? Or, Head telling Foot, "You're fired; your job has been phased out"? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way--the "lower" the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it's a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher. If you had to choose, wouldn't you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair?"
    (1Co 12:14-24 MSG)

    By Blogger Steve Duer, at 10/14/2004 09:50:00 AM  

  • this will be a bit long, but it's worth it. a glimpse of how what we too often call "the future of the church" is working in the present.

    i work with teens in north carolina and often give them "homework" for the week between sundays. one time it was to seek out someone Jesus would seek out and show them kindness. one of the kids in my youth group (one of the "cool kids" at his school) decided to take me up on it. the monday after church he decided to sit with a kid at lunch who sits by himself. as he put it "this kid sits by himself for a REASON", meaning that the kid didn't just dress funny, he made himself difficult to be around. but that wouldn't have stopped Jesus and it didn't stop jorge (my youth group kid).

    the entire lunch conversation consisted of this kid asking jorge repeatedly "why are you sitting with me?" not wanting to make the kid feel like a project, jorge kept saying "i just wanted to."

    the rest of the day, everytime this kid and jorge ran into each other the kid was ecstatic and jorge was surprised to find they had three classes together. well, the next day there was no going back to the cool table. jorge joined this kid again.

    but one of jorge's "cool kid" friends wanted to eat with jorge. so tuesday's conversation consisted of "why are you sitting with me?" followed by "yeah, why are we sitting with him?"

    tuesday to wednesday, wednesday to thursday, thursday to friday. by friday the entire "cool" table had shifted over to sit with this kid. no one seemed to think it had ever not been this way.

    in one week one of my sixth graders shifted the shape of his set of friends and changed one kid's enitre 8th grade year (maybe his life). the implications are huge, but the act itself was rather insignificant. great stuff.

    By Blogger chrismith, at 10/14/2004 10:06:00 AM  

  • this will be a bit long, but it's worth it. a glimpse of how what we too often call "the future of the church" is working in the present.

    i work with teens in north carolina and often give them "homework" for the week between sundays. one time it was to seek out someone Jesus would seek out and show them kindness. one of the kids in my youth group (one of the "cool kids" at his school) decided to take me up on it. the monday after church he decided to sit with a kid at lunch who sits by himself. as he put it "this kid sits by himself for a REASON", meaning that the kid didn't just dress funny, he made himself difficult to be around. but that wouldn't have stopped Jesus and it didn't stop jorge (my youth group kid).

    the entire lunch conversation consisted of this kid asking jorge repeatedly "why are you sitting with me?" not wanting to make the kid feel like a project, jorge kept saying "i just wanted to."

    the rest of the day, everytime this kid and jorge ran into each other the kid was ecstatic and jorge was surprised to find they had three classes together. well, the next day there was no going back to the cool table. jorge joined this kid again.

    but one of jorge's "cool kid" friends wanted to eat with jorge. so tuesday's conversation consisted of "why are you sitting with me?" followed by "yeah, why are we sitting with him?"

    tuesday to wednesday, wednesday to thursday, thursday to friday. by friday the entire "cool" table had shifted over to sit with this kid. no one seemed to think it had ever not been this way.

    in one week one of my 8th graders shifted the shape of his set of friends and changed one kid's entire 8th grade year (maybe his life). the implications are huge, but the act itself was rather insignificant. great stuff.

    By Blogger chrismith, at 10/14/2004 10:06:00 AM  

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    By Blogger SG, at 10/14/2004 02:15:00 PM  

  • Insignificant Scene: late night dinner at Wendy's with teen group. Another teen sponsor was there with me; she is not a wealthy lady. She spied the woman who was wiping up the tables. As we left, I saw my co-sponsor reach into her purse, pull out a dollar, and lay the bill down. Guess my face betrayed a little surprise, because she said quietly, "They need it."

    In my fifty years, I do not recall ever seeing a tip left at a fast-food restaurant. I certainly never left one. It's just not done.

    Unless, of course, the Spirit of Jesus has given you a generous heart. Then it comes naturally.

    Jesus Changes Everything.

    By Blogger mchristophoros, at 10/14/2004 09:44:00 PM  

  • I loved these stories. A simple prayer . . . an outrageous tip . . . a decision to sit someplace different in a middle school lunch room. God has chosen to use small gestures and small decisions to rock the world. It makes me want to be alert to those small opportunities today.

    By Blogger Mike, at 10/15/2004 04:04:00 AM  

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