Last night, I heard a few stories from a friend. We became friends when he was a becoming a Christian. He was 16. I was close to 30. I was his mom’s pastor when he came to live with her and beginning to really dig deep into what Christianity was all about. Last night, he shared some of the back story about what was going on in his life and the influence that Gail and I had in his life. I never really knew.
Most of the time, pastors move on and don’t really hear some of those stories. I moved away from that town 23-24 years ago. I knew my friend had gone on to become a pastor. I heard some stories last night that I didn’t know. I am in awe of God and how he works. I didn’t know.
My friend mentioned a friend who was coming to God at the same time, also 16. This second kid had a very positive impact on my friend then, to follow God. Unfortunately, that other kid lost his way along the path he was on. The last time I talked with this other kid, he was not walking with God.
I read this morning in 2 Corinthians, in the LIFE JOURNAL readings, this verse: 2 Corinthians 11:30 (NCV) If I must brag, I will brag about the things that show I am weak.
I don’t share these stories to brag about my ministry at all. I share it to say, I didn’t know what I was doing as a pastor back then (Might not know anything still), but God took weakness and made something large out of it. God is awesome and He gets all the praise.
How about we simply pray, every day, that we are filled with the Holy Spirit. How about today, we don’t worry about the impact we have on lives, and we simply focus on being filled with the Holy Spirit. Then, we can leave the results with God. We just never know what might happen in people’s lives.