Against the odds?

My friend, may I ask you a question? As Christians, what is the attitude we take when God puts a lost soul in our hands? Do we need to convince ourselves that there is no other choice. We need to hold on and fight the battle with all our might?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

If I could just hang on! Did you ever find yourself uttering those words? I remember precisely the last time those words came from my lips. I was mounting an antenna on the peak of our very steep roof. It was perched on the far end of an eight-foot pole and I was trying to slip it into the tripod mount I had already fastened to the roof. The wind was blowing and with every gust it seemed my grip was getting weaker. I knew if I let go the whole thing would crash to the ground in a heap. There was only one thing to do; hold on and fight the wind as best I could. There were no other options.

As Christians, is that the attitude we take when God puts a lost soul in our hands?

Here’s a story: One summer morning as Ray Blankenship was preparing his breakfast, he gazed out the window, and saw a small girl being swept along in the rain-flooded drainage ditch beside his Andover, Ohio, home. Blankenship knew that farther downstream, the ditch disappeared with a roar underneath a road and then emptied into the main culvert. Ray dashed out the door and raced along the ditch. Then he hurled himself into the deep, churning water. Blankenship sur- faced and was able to grab the child’s arm. They tumbled end over end. Within about three feet of the yawning culvert, Ray’s free hand felt something—possibly a rock. He clung desperately, but the tremendous force of the water tried to tear him and the child away. “If I can just hang on until help comes,” he thought. He did better than that. By the time fire- department rescuers arrived, Blankenship had pulled the girl to safety. Both were treated for shock. On April 12, 1989, Ray Blankenship was awarded the Coast Guard’s Silver Lifesaving Medal. The award is fitting, for this selfless person was at even greater risk to himself than most people knew. Ray Blankenship can’t swim. (Paul Harvey, Los Angeles Times Syndicate)

When you think of it, most of us really are no better equipped to win souls than Ray was equipped to save that little girl. Where does a Christian get the courage to grab on to a lost soul and hang on? There is only one place. It comes from God. Fear paralyzes; faith compels. Like Ray, we need to convince ourselves that there is no other choice. We need to hold on and fight the battle with all our might. Losing our grip is not an option when eternal life hangs in the balance.

We pray. Dear Lord. Allow us to serve others with a joyful heart; never keeping score; always giving; never expecting to receive. Allow us to give of ourselves, to give of my talents and of our goods, to give of my time and of our energy, to give of our hearts and of my souls.You have been so gracious to us, always Loving, always forgiving, always restoring; never gloating over our defeats, even when we’ve been so wrong. Allow us to serve others as You serve, with gentleness, compassion, and tenderness, and courage if necessary, never diminishing the worth of others, choosing to extend mercy to the brokenhearted and those in urgent need of help, like You have repeatedly shown it to us, In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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