On this date 25 years ago, I witnessed the most amazing act of love I have ever seen in my life. With no pressure or prompting, a very close friend voluntarily gave me something that meant everything to him. To this day, I still stand in awe that a man would so love me that he would give me something so precious and dear to his heart. Oh how I wish I were still in contact with him today to thank him once again.
I am not at liberty to explain any more about what took place a quarter of a century ago, but I can say with 100% certainty that it forever changed lives. Great acts of sacrifice and giving have a way of doing that. The more we are willing to give, the more God can throw open the windows of heaven and pour out blessings beyond our wildest dreams.
Great acts of selfless giving have a way of producing great times of change. One of the offshoots of what happened 25 years ago was the decision to sell almost all of our earthly belongings and devote one year of our lives to God. Instead of living in a cozy apartment with nice beds and other conveniences, we spent many nights living in a pop up camper and cooking over a campfire.
Never in my life did I see as many changes within me as I did in the weeks and months after the decision was made to dedicate one year of my life to teaching a couple of guys everything I knew about God and His Word. Nothing will ever taint the memories I have of a four month stretch when we worked, studied and lived together just about 24 hours a day in a cabin at a lake in Oklahoma.
None of us had a job per se, none of us had any money and none of us had any desire to be doing anything other than what we were doing. By faith we had worked out a deal with the owners of a lakeside resort to stay in a huge cabin in return for doing some odd jobs around the resort. We caught fish and ate them every day with some rice for lunch. We lived on fruit and yogurt for breakfast, fish and rice for lunch and a salad for supper. Needless to say I lost a ton of weight and was mentally sharper than any time in my life.
We had no television, radio or any other distraction. Cell phones had not been invented so our only means of communication was the pay phone down by the lake. Day in and day out we led a simple life of prayer, study of the Bible and talking. In the course of time, I did indeed share most of what I know about God. Never before and never again in this life will I have the honor of doing what I did 25 years ago.
Change doesn’t just happen. Change needs a catalyst to take place. Most of the time, change is precipitated by the conscious decision to give. The greater the giving, the greater the change will be. Nothing we have in this life is ours. Everything we have is a blessing from God. Spiritual logic states that we should not selfishly hoard those blessings but rather freely give them away to others who need them.
Are you stuck in a rut in your life? Are you spinning your wheels and going nowhere? Are you dissatisfied, restless or empty on the inside? Are you so comfortable in life that you feel no need to change? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should give some thought to “proving God herewith” by giving of your time, money or life. A word of caution though; if you do indeed give, there might not be room to hold all the blessings God will pour out!
[quote]Change doesn’t just happen. Change needs a catalyst to take place. [/quote]
I'm thinking of some catalysts which have taken place in my life. Sometimes they are rather painful but they are always necessary if we are to become who God desires us to be.