Good Folks, it is the first Friday in May 2018. Only 17 more days until the Day of Pentecost—Sunday, May 20, 2018. The Book of Acts, chapter two, first four verses are as follows: “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” (NRSV)
A couple of days ago I was thinking about this week’s Frankly Speaking. What topic would be timely, relevant or even worth reading at all? I always wonder how far folks read my weekly article before its deleted and enters the deleted files of the universe? Two thoughts came to mind: Making Memories. Making a Difference.
At the end of our lives, should we have an opportunity to reflect of all we did, say or do, memories will really be all we have. Go ahead, cash out your 401K on your death bed and see how far you can go to spend it, personally. All we would have accumulated remains accumulated, somewhere growing interest (maybe) or awaiting to be distributed (if there is a current Will uncontested). Often, we are content to just make memories: traveling, sight-seeing, going here or there. And why not? After working 30+ years, retiring has its perks-retirement. Every moment we open our eyes, our minds are recording the events of the day. What if, we made an intentional act of making a difference?
How this would be manifested, I do not really know; however, a random act of kindness works. A Good Samaritan Moment works. Generosity works. Volunteering at a local school, reading to and with children that are struggling to read, works. Soup Kitchen moments, work. Mission trips, work. The list of possibilities are endless. We need to look for what God may be putting in front of us that can make a difference.
I also believe that you can do both genuinely: while making memories you will always have an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. Often, we never ever know the impact we will have by an act of unselfish giving of our greatest resource—ourselves.
I wish you well this day my friend. May God grace envelop you in ways that heal, comfort and encourage. Go into your God-guided future unafraid. Be strong and of good courage. And may all you say and do bring honor and glory to God. Amen.
Blessings from Duncanville,
Pastor Frank (firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God”. Wm. Carey