6 weeks ago as my son started 1st grade, I started encouraging him with the same words that God used to encourage Gideon: “The Lord is with you mighty warrior.”
Last night as Nathan was climbing his bunkbed ladder to get on the top bunk, he said to me, “The Lord is with you mighty warrior.”
I smiled and said, “Thanks Buddy.” He replied with interest, “Did you need to hear that?” And I said what was true. “I did Nathan. Thank you.” Proud of himself, he got under the covers and was off to sleep in no time.
It reminded me of a few days prior. The Lincolnview Cross Country team was at an invitational in Edgerton and one of our FCA leaders, Jacob Bradford, saw an Ayersville runner go down with an injury in the middle of the race. Instead of continuing to run his race and go for a personal record, Jacob stopped, remembering a conversation we had had just 24 hours earlier. He helped the runner finish the rest of the race. He was so excited to have put his faith into action, helping a competitor, instead of letting his own competitive drive get the best of him.
God asks us to do what my son did: Speak words of life to those around us.
God asks us to do what Jacob did: Be aware of the needs around us and respond to them, no matter the cost.
I leave you with 2 verses to remember the next week.
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:16)
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)