You are awesome…. Thank you for all that you do!

Dear New Life Friends,

You are awesome…. Thank you for all that you do!

I’m not sure if those were the exact words or not, but those were the words that stuck.

I’m not sure if those words were for me or someone else, but I took them and held on to them.

I’m not sure if those words were meant to reach me at just the right time or not, but I’ll claim it.

You are awesome… Thank you for all that you do!

Those were the words that were written on the Connection Cards that we pass out each Sunday and ask visitors, regular attenders and members alike to fill out. 

On those cards are opportunities to share contact information, request prayer, indicate desire to get connected to different areas of ministry and much more. Those cards are then entered in our database, shared with the appropriate ministry areas to connect people in ministry, shared with staff to pray and much more.

That means that by one simple use of words, someone had the potential to bless at least 10 people minimum. 

It wasn’t expected. It wasn’t required. It was extra effort on the authors (the first message on one card and the second message on a different card). Yet is was powerful.

James, the brother of Jesus, shares about the power of words in chapter 3 of his letter that is recorded towards the back of the Bible. He essentially shares that the tongue is like a fire that can either be extremely destructive or warming and useful.

It reminded me to consider how I use my words. Whether I’m intentional or just say what comes to mind. Whether my words are focused on myself and my own well-being or include concern for others.

Often we feel we need to make a massive impact for God in order to be faithful. I’m reminded by this simple act of encouraging words written on the back of Connection Cards that sometimes it is in the small ways that we can have a larger impact than expected.

So, today, why not hold on to the words that might be destructive and liberally pass out the words that might be encouraging. We have the opportunity to choose how we will use our words. Let’s use them not only for ourselves and our own agenda, but to bless and encourage others.

Blessings in Christ,

Pastor Mike