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Reprinted from the January / February 2014 issue of “Christian Woman” Magazine.
By Sybil Walker
Some 3,000 years ago, King Solomon considered the human condition and concluded that all people experience the same things. Each life has some joy and some sadness, some hope and some despair, some temptation and some triumph. Solomon was looking back at his own life when he said, “There is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 NKJV).
Looking back was not a new thing. Many people before Solomon had looked back. Lot’s wife looked back even after God had told her not to, and she became a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:17, 26). We do not know why she looked back, but it always reminds us to obey God.
Soon after they were freed from Egyptian slavery, the people of Israel looked back and wished for foods like cucumbers and garlic (Numbers 11:5). They remembered the good things of their former life and ignored the misery. About that time, Moses realized the journey would be more difficult and longer than he had expected.
How often we want the easy, beautiful trip. How seldom do we think there will be sand in our eyes and pebbles in our shoes. We welcome the prospect of a new and better situation but fail to consider the effort required to achieve it (2 Timothy 3:12).
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Reprinted from the January / February 2014 issue of “Christian Woman” Magazine.
Among all the other gifts God has given us, we sometimes overlook time. It is easily taken for granted.
What is time? Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and philosopher, once said: “Time is a sort of river of passing events and strong in its current: no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place. This too will be swept away.”
How true! We wait for a wedding, a birth or a vacation. Almost before we realize it, the event draws near, becomes a reality, and then passes on. We are so much a part of the hours and minutes of our lives that we often do not notice them slipping by.
The Bible says that most of us will have 70, or perhaps 80, years of life on earth (cf. Psalm 90:10). It is not really a long time, although the very young may think that so many decades seem endless. James 4:14 tells us that our lives are like a vapor. They appear for a little while and then vanish away. Another verse says we are like grass that flourishes in the morning but in the evening is cut down and withers away (cf. Psalm 90:6). Life is very brief!
While a concern for effectiveness is often preoccupied with a person’s role in an organization, the Bible presents effectiveness in terms of the effect we have in the lives of others. We see this approach in Jesus investing Himself in the lives of the chosen disciples, through whom He expanded His influence in the building of His church.
Tolbert Fanning was a towering influence building the church in the South. While well-known as a preacher and a writer, Fanning’s greatest legacy was the investment he made of himself in the lives of the young men under his influence. Fanning’s work blessed generations of Christians through the ministry of the young men he equipped for service at Franklin College.
Fanning’s protégé, David Lipscomb, studied at Franklin College and served with Fanning as co-editor of the Gospel Advocate. When Lipscomb became sole editor, he used his role as editor to develop a circle of younger men who would serve the church far beyond his own life and work.
Biblical Guidance From Godly Leaders
An essential element of relational leadership is providing appropriate guidance. God’s leadership in our lives is often described by Scripture in terms of guidance. As Isaiah 42:16 tells us: “And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them” (ESV).
What if we took Philippians 4:6 to heart and truly became a nation of prayer warriors, devoting 2014 to a daily time of focused prayer? Using a particular theme for each month, what if each of us spends some time every day in prayer that is centered on God’s Word? Imagine what we could accomplish through God and for God!
To that end, Christian Woman magazine has committed to providing a prayer calendar in each issue this year, with a thought or scripture to use of something specific to pray for each day of the month. You might want to write each day’s verse on a notecard to carry with you so that, throughout the day, the verse itself can serve as a prayer. It is available here for download and will be available in each issue.
In January let us focus on the New Year and on making sure our own lives are where they need to be with God. Let’s ask God to use us for His work and pray that our eyes and ears will be open to the opportunities He places in our lives each day. For February, let our focus be on love. Spend time praying that we can love one another, love our friends, love our neighbors, and love our enemies. Pray also that we can better demonstrate that love to those around us.
It isn’t necessary to set aside a particular time and place for voicing your requests; regardless of where you are, you can share what is on your heart with God. Once a week, consider reviewing all of the things that you have prayed for, and reflect on how He is already answering your prayers and giving you opportunities to serve Him.
God wants us – all of us! Let’s give Him every aspect of our lives and watch as He works through us.
(Excerpted from “A Nation of Prayer Warriors” by Michelle Moore, J/F 2014 CW)
Before Jesus returned to heaven, He commanded His disciples to be fruitful. “By this my Father is glorified,” Jesus said in John 15:8 (ESV). Bearing fruit implies success, accomplishment and a fulfillment of one’s purpose. In short, bearing fruit implies effectiveness.
This is the kind of life Gregory Alan Tidwell encourages all Christians to have in The Effective Edge. Becoming effective disciples is important if we are to fulfill Jesus’ plan and if we are to glorify God with our lives. In The Effective Edge, Tidwell outlines 12 areas on which a Christian should focus, explaining how to be effective in each area and how each contributes to an overall effective life.
Tidwell’s goal is simply to help Christians become “steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). If this is a goal you have for your life as well, let The Effective Edge provide the direction and encouragement you need so you can achieve it with success.
This is Greg Tidwell’s first book, and, as Phil Sanders (speaker for In Search of the Lord’s Way) says, the learning tools Tidwell provides “aid the individual in not only developing his own spiritual life but also cultivating the abilities of other people. Tidwell is a master at this art himself, and his book trains others to have a truly effective edge in their Christian walks.”
Explore your purpose in God’s kingdom with The Effective Edge.
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