Journey of Influence – Idea 7

Well, today is the last day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. I am amazed that I have been able to keep up a daily routine of publishing a blog. That in itself is an accomplishment. Before I get to the next idea, I wanted to share a bit of why I took the journey. I had been writing a book for the past 5 years and finally finished it and was picked up by a publisher. It is in the final processes of publication and should be available for pre-release by early December. Everything I have written this month has been tied to the book. I plan on continuing the blog and building out a community to share ideas about having more positive influence in the world. Thank you to everyone who has liked or posted so far. It has been a fun month. Now onto todays blog.

We have all heard it. A cliché that rings true but is sometimes difficult to live out. Actions speak louder than words. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms defines this phrase as “what you do is more important than what you say, because the things you do show your true intentions and feelings.” We see this concept lived out every day in every aspect of our life. How many of us have sat through a meeting at the office or someplace else and all people wanted to do was talk. Talk, talk, talk. But nothing would get done.

Earlier in my career, I was responsible for building a succession plan for the leaders of the organization. I was to identify the right people who could step into a role if the leader were to expectantly leave their position. It seems like a simple enough task. You get into a room, talk through everyone who has the right skills and capabilities to assume a bigger role at some point in the future. You then put the name(s) on a list and work with them to continue to develop. Inevitably the next year would roll around and the same names would be on the list with the same areas for improvement. Nothing would get done, even after talking about it.

We also see this concept of all talk and no action in our political environment. How many politicians promise the world and when they are up for re-election nothing they promised got accomplished? Relationships also have this issue. You can tell someone you love them all day long. However, if your actions don’t reflect what you are saying then the relationship will be doomed. The thing is, actions are what people see. You don’t have to say a word if you are showing people the love of Christ.

When I lived in Moscow, Russia, I had a friend who was moving apartment. They needed some help, since their company was not going to move them. I had a driver at the time, named Andre. I asked him to drive me, not to do any moving. It was my friend and didn’t want to abuse the relationship. My friend did not have that much to move, so I only needed to take one car load to his new place. My driver was quiet the Saturday we moved, but I didn’t think anything about it. The next Monday, Andre thanked me. I asked him, “what for?” He proceeded to tell me that he had never seen anyone freely serve someone else like I did when I helped his friend move. That was not something he had ever seen in Russia. It made a big impression on him and my action was impactful to him. So much so that he began asking questions about my faith and even ended up getting a bible.

Our actions are noticed. When we profess a faith and belief in Jesus Christ, we get put under the microscope. Our actions must match the words people hear from us. Even if we don’t say a word, our actions should point others to Jesus. Others will notice and eventually ask you about your actions. The door will open to share your faith!

Action for the day

Today, make sure your actions reflect the gospel of Jesus. Be kind to someone who is sad, give to someone who is in need, help someone who is in trouble, console someone who is hurting. It doesn’t have to be a big thing. Bring your neighbors garbage can in, take a friend to coffee, offer to pick someone up for work, encourage someone who is down, drop school supplies off at a school. The actions are endless.

Prayer for the day

Jesus, thank you that you are the role model of action. You willingly chose to die for my sin, the ultimate action, the ultimate sacrifice. Your whole life on earth was full of both words and actions. Today, Father I ask that my actions would mirror my words. Let my actions bring glory to You. Show me opportunities where I can be your hands and feet. I am ready to put my words into action. Thank you for the strength and ability to share your love with the world. Amen.

Journey of Influence – Idea 6

Jeff is a Director at his company and had an opportunity to take on a leadership role at at new location. He jumped at the opportunity even though the commute almost doubled for him. Having recommitted his life to Jesus, he decided he would live out Romans 1:16 and not be ashamed of the gospel.

Routinely, he would arrive at the office early in order to beat the traffic. On those days, he would sit in his car and spend a little quite time with Jesus, praying and reading the bible. One morning a long time employee who had also recently transferred to the new location pulled in next to him. When he looked over, he saw Jeff reading his bible. A man of faith himself, saw Jeff’s devotion to God and decided that morning he was going to like working at the new location.

Everyone that Jeff works with is aware of his faith, even though he does not go around beating people over the head with his bible. His quiet countenance and care for people is what others first notice. One day at the end of the shift, a young employee walked into his office and asked if Jeff would take a few minutes to have a talk. This young man was known to live a fast life, partying and having a good time. Jeff asked, “you are giving notice are you?” The young man told him that he had no plans on leaving and he loved his job. What he wanted to talk about was God. He was tired of the fast lane and wanted Jeff’s help to understand what he could do to make a change in his life.

They spent over an hour and talked well past closing time. The young man left and didn’t bring the topic up again, even though Jeff made a point to check in on him over the course of the next week. About three week later, Jeff gets a text on Sunday with a short video attached. It turns out the young man had accepted Christ and the video showed him being baptized. Because Jeff was not afraid to read his bible at work and let others know he is a follower of Christ, it opened the door for a lost young man to come into a personal relationship with the Lord.

Action for the day

Today is the day for you to make sure others know you are a Christian. You don’t need to yell it from the rooftop, but make sure you are not hiding your faith. Some ways to do that are:

  • Bring your bible of a devotion to work and read it at a break or lunch
  • If you have a whiteboard, write your favorite bible verse or pin it on a cork board
  • Get an armband with a bible verse or an encouraging word
  • Share an encouraging bible verse with someone who is having a difficult day

Prayer for the day

Father, give me an opportunity to show others who you are. Let my obedience be noticed by others and open that door for a conversation about You. Let me be a example of Your glory to those around me. Let them see You in my actions and behaviors. I ask this in the holy name of Jesus, Amen.

Journey of Influence – Idea 5

Every city has a different way of driving. Just because you know how to drive in one city, does not mean you know how to drive in another. This is most true in large cities. Atlanta driving is different from Dallas driving. Which are both different than L.A. driving or Boston driving. There is, however, one trait that seems to be consistent no matter where you go. The only exception might be Japan, but we won’t go into that right now. The trait is an impatience with the other driver.

Whoever gets behind the wheel feel like they should be first. The notion of selfies has permeated every generation when it comes to driving. All drivers are consumed with what is best for them and too many forget they are on the road with thousands of other drivers. Watch how many people cut each other off during the commute to or from work. How many horns get blasted and watch the animation from the drivers around you. Even the most considerate people like to drive in the fast lane and go below the speed limit. This type of selfish action tends to bring the worst out of people.

In 1994 an Australia singer debuted her first album, God, in the US. It went gold and made Rebecca St. James an instant hit. On her first album she had a song called You then Me. Just a few of the lyrics are:

 

 

 

 

It’s my turn, it’s not your turn

It’s my turn, get outta my way

It’s my turn, go on complain

I’m comin’ through anyway

 

Don’t ask me why I’m like this

But lately I’m wonderin’ ifIt’ll come to pass

That the last shall be first and the first shall be last

Then the voice says.

 

Here’s the way it oughtta be

You then me then you then me

Well, I pray one day we’ll all agree

And take it you then me then you then me

Life could go you then me then you then me

 

It’s easy, you wait then go

It’s easy, so make your move

It’s easy, don’t clown around

Could’ve gone six times by now

But no sir, you gotta be a pain

Or is this your own way of sayin’

We should all cool down

And be more like the man who was born back in Bethlehem town?

What would happen if we actually adopted an attitude that we don’t have to be first? That we don’t have to cut people off. That we really don’t need to be mad at the stupid move another person does behind the wheel. What if we showed them a little bit of Jesus? What would happen if we stopped being selfish and being a little selfless during our commutes? I bet that kind of kindness would be repaid multiple times throughout the day. Go ahead, try it and see what happens.

Action for the day

When you are driving today, make the choice to be selfless. Let another person go first at a four way stop. Allow a person to enter a busy intersection. Let someone cross the street. Don’t honk your horn, don’t give anyone a friendly gesture, don’t yell at another driver. Instead, smile, wave, and be friendly. Be courteous and watch how your kindness gets passed forward. Today, make a difference in someone else’s commute or drive around town.

Prayer for the day

Heavenly Father, you want us to be selfless. You role modeled selflessness when you sent Your Son to die for us. Help me bring You into the car with me today. Help me to have the mind of Christ as I drive and interact with other drivers. Let the Kingdom of Heaven invade the roadways, tollways, freeways and parkways. Let Your peace flood every car that gets on the road. I thank You that You can do all this and more. It is in the powerful name of Jesus that I ask this. Amen.

Journey of Influencce – Idea 4

Greetings are funny. Too often we have a pleasant greeting where we say something like, “Hi, how are you?” We are not really asking for a person’s well-being, rather we are simply a nice way to start a conversation. I find myself using this greeting with anyone, even a person I am just passing by. A good, “hey, how are you?” and a slight head raise helps to fill the awkward gap between eye contact and walking past the person I will never see again.  Of course, the only possible response is, “good, and you?” Neither of us are really concerned with each other’s mental or physical state. It is the socially acceptable answer in all situations.

Unfortunately, this dance of pleasantries is the same for strangers and close friends. With the end result of us never really knowing how the other person really is doing. In our fast paced, always too much on my plate culture, we do not have time to really stop and find out how the other person is doing. So we look to social media to get that kind of update. Even though we know social media only shows a shadow of the real health of the person. It is the most expedient form of keeping tabs on friends.

I was in the office one day and for some reason it was super quiet. Most of the employees were on vacation or out of the office. As I took a break to get some coffee, I noticed another person in an otherwise empty floor. I knew the person, but had never really stopped and spoken with them. When I saw them I said the obligatory greeting and they responded with the obligatory response. This day I intentionally asked the question a second time. I said, “really, how are you?” with a stress on the question. Ann was taken back a little bit. When she saw I meant the question, she opened up that she was having some difficulties. I got to know more about her in the few minutes that she shared than I had the previous three years.

Ann’s willingness to open up allowed me the opportunity to pray for her. It turned out she also had a faith and was so encouraged to have a co-worker pray for her. This interaction revealed a desire many have to be known and share their burdens. Too many of us don’t stop long enough to listen to each other. If you ask the question a second time, you will find most people willing to open up just a little bit. It is thought that door where Jesus can minister to that person. I have seen great results with servers, airline attendants, retail workers, as well as friends. Go ahead, take some extra time to really find out how someone is doing and watch how God works.

Action for the day

Today plan on asking one person, “how are you” a second or even third time. Be intentional and let the other person know you are serious. You really want to hear how they are doing. This can be a co-worker, a friend at school, a waiter/waitress at a restaurant or anyone you are interacting with today. Watch how they respond and let Holy Spirit take it from there. You will not be disappointed in how positive the interaction turns out.

Prayer for the day

Jesus, thank you that you listen to us and you care about our hearts. You want us to be in good mental and physical health. Today, I ask that you will guide me to the right person to hear how they are doing. Give them a peace to open up so I can be Your ambassador to them. Give me the right words so they can see You in me. It is in your powerful name I pray, Amen.

Journey of Influence – Idea 3

Most of us need reminders to do something. If it is not on our calendar, the chances we will forget goes up exponentially in proportion to how busy we are. While busyness is an epidemic and a key factor for Christians saying they don’t have time to pray, there is another option.

Out pastor had a real burden for the next generation. At the end of a series of messages he asked the congregation to join him in praying for the next generation for the next 30 days. He asked everyone to get out their cell phones and smart phones and set a recurring alarm at 4:12pm. When the alarm went off, everyone should stop what they are doing and pray.

My wife and I loved the idea and set the alarm right there in the service. Each day it would go off and we would stop where we were and say a prayer. It was right in the middle of the work day, so I had it going off during meetings and other inconvenient times. That did not daunt my resolve to stop and pray each day for the next generation. I knew, I was always going to spend a few minutes with God, even when the rest of the day was hectic. We enjoyed this practices and went well beyond the 30 days our pastor has asked us to join him in prayer.

One day, a few months later, my wife and I were refinancing our home. We were at the closing signing all of the documents when both of our alarms went off. We promptly silenced them and proceeded to finish up our task. The lawyer who was helping us asked us if we needed to get it, believing it was our phone. We told him it was just an alarm and it was fine. Since he had heard both of our phones go off, he was curious and asked “an alarm for what.” We proceeded to tell him it is a reminder for us to pray for the next generation. He asked us if we wanted to stop right then and pray. We jumped at the opportunity and proceeded to pray out loud.

That was not the last time I had an opportunity to share what the alarm was about. Eventually those at work began to ask once they repeatedly heard the alarm go off at the same time. What was meant to remind me to pray for a specific item opened up doors to share the gospel with others. I was surprised how many doors it opened for a conversation about God and His goodness.

Action for the day

Today decide to pray for something. It could be a friend, a child, your child’s class or school, your city, state or the country.

  • Get out your cell phone or smart phone
  • Set an alarm to go off at 3:17pm every day
  • Commit to pray at that time ever day for a month
  • Share how God shows up during the month on that specific topic.

Prayer for the day

Heavenly Father, you never forget us. We are always in your thoughts and long to spend time with us. I thank you for that kind of love. Holy Spirit I ask you to let me know what I should pray for over the next thirty days. I commit to spend a few minutes with you and ask you will use this to open up doors of conversations with those around me. It is for your glory and honor that I pray. Amen

Journey of Influence – Idea 2

Sandi’s boss gave her a $100 Visa Card for Christmas.   She began to think of the things that “I” wanted.  Then while driving past a McDonald’s she felt an urge to go in an purchase 20 – $5 gift cards.  She wasn’t sure what she was going to do with them, but she knew that’s what she was supposed to do.  She stuck them in her purse and each time she went out she asked Jesus, “show me what to do with these.”   Since it was during the holidays, Sandi ran into people who were busy and frantic. While we all desire Christmas time to be full of joy, too many people feel hurried and short on time. The result is some people can be short tempered and not as nice as they would be the rest of the year. Unfortunately, the workers in retail and restaurants tend to bear the brunt of peoples’ weariness. Sandi would make sure she handed the $5 gift card to the cashier, and say, “Here you go, a hamburger and Coke on me.”  About 80% of the time the cashier would smile and say, “wow, thank you”.  But one time she gave one to a cashier at a large hobby retailer.  When Sandi gave her the card the cashier just stood there with a baffled look. The cahier asked, “why are you giving me this?”  Sandi told her it was a small gift.  The cashier asked again, “but why are you giving this to me?”  Sandi said, “the Lord placed it on my heart to share this with you for your kindness that you show others at this time of year.”  The cashier asked a third time, “but why me?”  Sandi knew at that point it was to tell her, “it’s because Jesus loves you more than you know, and as you enjoy your hamburger and Coke, I hope that you will think of Him.”  The cashier tucked the card in her pocket, and almost started crying.  She looked at Sandi and said, “this means more than you know – thank you!”

From that day on Sandi tries to remember to keep gift cards in her purse.  A $5 gift card isn’t much to give someone, but she is finding more and more people are affected by just the thought.

Action for the day

Decide what small item you want to keep with you where you can remind others that Jesus loves them. Depending on where you live, in the city or country, you may want to think about items that will bless your community. While there are three ideas below, use your imagination to bless someone else.

  • Buy a few small dollar gift card to share with those who are serving people.
  • Make up a bag (or two) with water, granola bar, tissue pack, can of tuna and a bible verse and keep it in your car. When you pass a beggar on the side of the road or someone who is homeless, give it to them.
  • Write cards of encouragement and hand them out to people who look like they could use a positive word for the day.

 

Prayer for the day

Jesus, I want to thank you for the gift you gave with the shedding of your blood. I am in awe how much you love me. May I love people the way you love me. As I go about my day, please show me who needs a reminder of Your love. Give me the opportunity to share a little bit of You today. Amen.

Journey of Influence – Idea 1

I love watching people. Many people do. I have spent a lot of time in airports. There are times when I don’t feel like working or reading. So I settle in and watch the travelers of the day. I don’t just watch the people go by, I actually make up back stories for them. I look at what they are wearing, notice if they are carrying anything and if they are in a hurry or leisurely walking down the terminal. It drives my wife crazy that I can come up with the most ridiculous stories about people that have no basis of fact or reality. However, it is fun and helps pass the time.

I also love going over to other people’s houses. When you walk into someone’s house or apartment, you get to see their backstory displayed throughout. I don’t have to make something up, rather, I am able to glean what they love, what their passions are, where their heart is. Look at the bookshelf and see what kind of stories they read. Look at the music they listen to by their CD or record collections, as well as the movies they watch. Though it was easier to see when you actually had to have a physical disk or a tape. Books, music and movies show what the person likes to put into their mind. It helps you understand how they think.

You can also look around at the walls. What do they hang in the empty spaces? Pictures of friends, family, vacation pictures or some other form of artwork shows their passions. Some people like to put words or other types of decorations on the wall. Take it all in and you will get a glimpse of the person. Finally, look at what they display on their shelves. Maybe it is flowers, or reminders of past travels. Maybe it is some form of sculpture or other type of collection. Each item peels back the layers of what the person values. Where their heart treasures are.

A simple walk through of a house will allow you to know what the person values. It shows their passions, hurts, loves and desires. It is a great way to get to know someone. What does your house or apartment say about you? During football season is it completely decked out in paraphernalia? Is Christmas all about Santa Clause? Is Easter about the bunny and the eggs? If someone looked at your books, your music, your memento’s, what would they say about you? Would anyone know you love Jesus by just walking through the door? If you want to influence others, they need to see where your treasures are. Today, start in your home and make sure it shouts to others what you love. If others can see your love for Jesus when they walk into your home, you have already started the journey of influence in that person’s life.

Action for the day

  1. Go through your home and ask yourself, what does it say about you? Make a list of what you think it says.
  2. Ask yourself the difficult question. Is there anything that would tell someone else that you love Jesus?
  3. If your home does not reflect your passion for Jesus, make a commitment to do something about it. Decide today to make sure your Lord and King is what people see.

 

Prayer for the day

Father, show me where my heart is. Show me what I put my trust in. I long to reveal You to a hurting world. As I walk through my home, Jesus, point out the things that might be a hindrance to You. Show me anything that might be a stumbling block for a closer relationship with you. Reveal the things that might prevent someone else from seeing Your glory. Thank you that You love me and want the best for me. In your powerful name, the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

A Journey for Influence – First Step

Listen to the news, read the blogs or follow along on social media and you get a picture that the culture in America has changed. It has changed dramatically in the last ten years. Where it was once acceptable to be a Christian and follow the teachings of Jesus, there is now condemnation and ridicule. One of the major reasons is that followers of Christ have lost their place of influence in the media, government, educational institutions and business. Too many sit on the sidelines, willing to let someone else fight the good fight. Too many watch as the culture continues a downward spiral into darkness and are content to complain about the changes instead of doing something about it.

While it is easy to sit idly by and complain about the changes, many of us don’t even know where to begin. How do we put our faith into action? How do we make a positive influence on those around us? Many choose to serve at the church. While serving at the church is important, it is not where the gospel is needed most. If you were looking for where the sick people are, you would not go to a fitness gym. You would go to a hospital. So if you are looking to serve those who do not know Jesus or who do not have a personal relationship with Him, the church is not going to be the best place of influence. It is the easy place, and as I said, it is a very important place. However, to have the greatest impact and influence you will want to get out from behind the walls and engaged your community and workplace.

It sounds easy right? Not at all. Choosing to intentionally engage everybody for a positive influence for Jesus is one of the scariest steps a person can take. If it was easy, all Christians would be fully engaged. The sad reality is too many of us just do not have a clue where to begin. We hear our Pastors tell us we should “go make disciples of all nations,” and ask “what would Jesus do?” We are given role models like David, Paul and the twelve disciples.  These are such high standards, that too many of us feel completely inadequate measuring up or the task seems too big.

I have good news. God does not expect us to do these things from day one. He does not expect us to be like the heroes of the faith from our current position. All He asks is that we fear Him, love Him and put that faith into action. He desires us to serve the “widows and orphans” and “the least of these.” All it takes is a first step. We don’t learn to walk when we are first born. It takes time; it takes years. We should not expect ourselves to make disciples of any nation until we have learned how to walk and run. What we can do is decide to make a difference in one persons’ life. Then another and another. One at a time.

So today, choose to put your faith into motion. Choose to have a positive influence on one other person. Through last seven days of this blog challenge, I will share different ideas you can use to go out and make a difference in the world. While it does not need to look exactly like the ideas put forth each day, choose to do something. Each day will highlight a different action you can take. Let God guide you through this journey and ask Him to give you the courage, you will find you are making a huge impact on the community and world around you.

Get up from the couch, open the door and step out into a life of influence. Step into a life that has eternity in mind for those in a hurting and needy world. With Jesus at our sides, we can accomplish anything. Welcome to the journey!  Today’s activity is to begin with this prayer.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your faithfulness and for loving us so much that You sent Your only Son to die for our sins. We want to see our community changed to reflect Your glory. Help us as we begin this journey of saving our community. You desire your righteous to rise up and bring comfort to a hurting world. Let me be that person. Give me the courage I need to make a difference to those around me. Give me the strength and dedication to take meaningful action every day. Show me where You want me to engage and may my actions bring You glory. May my actions be a sweet fragrance in Your throne room. I go forward with You in front of me and with You as my rear guard. Protect me from the schemes of the enemy so I may have a positive influence to those in need. As I go out, Father please go before me and prepare the hearts of those I am to engage with. Open their ears and doors of their hearts  so they feel Your presence and love. Give me the right actions that will make the most impact on other’s lives. It is in Your power and authority  I pray these things. Amen

Prayer = Conversation with God

God tells us that we can love because He first loved us (1 John 4:16). We have to really believe that. We need to make sure that we are spending time with Him. This is not the task-based relationship we may have been taught our whole life: “Read the Bible, journal, prayers in the morning. Don’t forget to bow your head and fold your hands properly.” While these are good activities, good practices, it is not the heart of what God really wants from us. This is talking about, talking with God. Do you have a running conversation with God throughout the day? Do you ever just stop and ask Him to be with you in a conversation with your spouse, child, or co-worker? Do you really get into His presence and listen to what He has to say? Is it a two-way conversation? Or do you simply give God your honey-do list and go on your way? It is important to understand that you will be much more effective if you are grounded in an intimate relationship with Jesus. If not, then you are probably doing things on our own power and not following God’s lead. If you are doing it in your own power, you are denying the power that God has and are rejecting His authority. If you want to have a positive influence to save Sodom, then you must let the Holy Spirit do the work.

Many of us have always been taught that having “spiritual discipline” meant that you were reading the Bible every day, praying at least fifteen minutes a day and going to church at least once a week. Unless you live in the South, then the standard is three times a week—Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and Wednesday night. In all of that, too many churches may forget to teach what it really means to have a relationship with the God of the universe.

It took moving my family across the world to Malaysia to begin to understand what it meant to truly follow Jesus. It was my two years in Japan, without a church community, where I learned what it meant to have a relationship with God. God wants a personal relationship with us. He will talk with us if we tune into Him. Prayer is not something that is hard to do. Have you ever felt inadequate while praying? That you just were not good enough to pray to God. This came from hearing many pastors who were wonderful at leading prayer. We are taught by example and too many of us do not feel like we will ever be as eloquent as those who gave the corporate prayer. If fact, watch what happens when a pastor is at the table during a meal. I bet all eyes will turn to them when it is time to pray for the meal. Most feel like they are the most qualified or spiritual to give the blessing. The truth is, anyone can have a conversation with God. Instead of engaging in a conversation with Jesus, many end up giving the same prayer each day. You probably know the one. “God, thank you for this day. Thank you for my spouse, children. Bless me and help me today. Amen.” That is too often the routine we fall into. That all changed when living in Japan; I came upon a revelation. Prayer is simply another word for a conversation with God. No different than a conversation you might have with a spouse. It sounds simple, but it really is not any more complicated than that.

Take the First Step

We can have an immediate impact on those around us. When we are living wholly for God and giving Him honor for everything, we will see atmospheres changed. We will see lives changed. We can see our own life trajectory change. We will see our family and friends change their lives. We will see it in our family line. Our children and grandchildren will have a hope and a future in Christ. Like Esther, you are born for such a time as this. You too are here at this time to pour your love and the love of Christ out on a fallen generation.

We have a promise for new life when we save Sodom. In Ezekiel 36:33–36 God says, “33Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. 34And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. 35And they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ 36Then the nations that are left all around you shall know that I am the LORD; I have rebuilt the ruined places and replanted that which was desolate. I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it.”

God is waiting for us to inhabit our city. He is waiting for us to take the desolate places and make them our own. He wants to give them to us as our inheritance. He wants to breathe new life into our cities. He wants them to be a shining example of what His love can do. It is all up to us now. The last 21 days, I have shared different ways we can save our cities and nation. There are many other examples which I will continue to share for the remainder of the month. We are only limited by our own imagination. God is moving in new ways and wanting us to bring His love to the world. We must get up from our porch, come out from behind our garage doors and engage the world. Be of the world, but not in it. Be the light on a hill, not in a church building waiting for the people to come to us. Follow Jesus’s example, get out, go to the people. Engage them where they are. Go show them the love of Christ and you will see a difference. Little by little we will take back our cities. When we are willing to stand for our faith, we will see the darkness shrink. We have already won. So stop hiding, be bold, and go save Sodom and embrace the invitation to step into more.

This weekend, go make a positive impact on just one person. We have all heard the journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. So today, right now, take that step. Take a step and turn your intention into action!