A Step Ahead

In the book of Acts, Barnabas mentors Paul. Later, Paul mentors Timothy. There is always someone ahead of you on the road in life and there is always someone coming up behind you on the path.

Are you willing to share what you’ve learned?

If you know of a great spot to stop or an important place to avoid, you probably share that information with someone who is looking for recommendations. In life, there are many opportunities to give someone a “heads up” as they are on their way. Sometimes it’s encouragement and other times it is a word of caution. Maybe all you can do is listen and pray for them.

Are you willing to learn from others?

Likewise, there are times you are in a place where you can look to others who have been on a similar road. Maybe you are dealing with a wayward child, an aging parent, or a difficult crossroad in life – do you seek wise counsel? It may be that all they can do is listen and pray for you. But being heard and prayed for might be just what you need to provide encouragement for your journey.

At any point in life we can encourage, caution, and take heed. There is always someone who has been where we are going. And there is always someone who is headed to the place we just came through.

God loves when we care enough for His people to share His love and grace and promises with them. We might only be “a step ahead” but sometimes our presence is all the encouragement someone needs!

Heavenly Father ~ help me to listen to those ahead and be willing to share Your good words with those who are coming up from behind! Amen.

On the Road!      ~ Liz

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PrayerPoints ~ Weakness ~ March 12

Today’s PrayerPoint ~ Weakness

Have you a weakness, hardship, persecution, difficulty? Join the club. Even though you might be inclined to look around and presume everyone but you has it all together, it just isn’t so. When it comes right down to it, everyone seems so busy working to look as if they don’t have any “issues”. And while I think I have insight into my issues, I kind of wonder what others think my issues are. Scratch that. That insight from a number of people might be enough to break my heart. Although, if you were my friend, it would be comforting to know you knew my “issues” and loved me anyway.

In 2 Corinthians, Paul tells us this:
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

When I have strength in a certain area it is easy for me to fall into the trap of thinking I am doing something. Where I am weak and dependent on God then there is no question Who is doing the work. In areas of strength, it is easy to forget where the strength came from.
Being honest and transparent about your weaknesses is risky business. When you are able to lay it all out there for someone to see and they have the grace and mercy to love you in spite of that weakness then you know you have a friend. You might even find they love you even more because of that weakness and the fact you were willing to be honest and transparent.
When we are transparent about our lives, others can see God working in and through us. In our weakness, God gives us His strength and Christ’s power rests on us.
I’ll never get by living on my own ability–Amen!
Liz