I love to open the mailbox and get letters from friends (especially handwritten ones). I remember in junior high school, I would get love letters sealed with strawberry lip gloss. In a very real sense, every Christian walking around is a living letter that attests to the work of God in their lives and the influence of the person who discipled them. One of the greatest compliments you could ever receive is for someone to talk about your godly influence in them. Perhaps my biggest disappointment is to discover struggling adults who have made a shipwreck of their faith… only to discover they were part of the youth ministry when I was youth pastor. Certainly the apostle John captured the sentiment “I have no greater joy than to know my children (disciples) are walking in the truth”. May we all have those people in our lives. May we be those people to the holy pride of those who nurtured us and helped us grow into spiritual maturity.
You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all people, revealing yourselves, that you are a letter of Christ, delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of [b]human hearts. 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 NLT
Who is walking in the truth because of me? How am I representing Christ and what is the message of my life? Is it love and redemption, truth and grace?
God, as this day begins- Would you shine in my life with love and grace? I thank You for the influence of my friend Todd Collins. I pray I have taken the life offered to me in Christ and become a letter worth reading to others. Specifically today as I hold out the word of life at two memorial services, please give me the compassion and words to inspire some to reach out and find You, O Lord.