In January while sitting in the back of the church Bro Gary delivered a message on "Maximum Impact", he spoke from the 1 Samuel 1-16. This is the story of Hannah and her praying to the Lord to bless her with a son, as part of her prayer she also stated that she would give him over to the Lord. In Old Testament times women who were unable to conceive children were consider failures. However as you progress through the chapter you will see that Hannah was blessed with a child, Samuel. Hannah kept her promise and after Samuel was weaned she presented him to the Lord.
(Samuel is considered to be one of the greatest Old Testament Prophets to be and the world has ever known)
I guess sometimes you have to be careful for what you pray and ask for, because sometimes you will be held accountable and God will take you up on that promise. Its hard to phathom that someone (Hannah) would want a child so much that they would offer their unborn child up to the Lord so that they could only have the opportunity to be blessed.
Per the Life Application Bible Samuel was called like many before him, but God worked through Samuel because Samuel was willing to be one thing, God's Servant.
So I ask of you know are you willing to be God's Servant?
During the message I took away numerous points I would like to share with you:
1. Cry for the miraculous, wants more out life that just getting along.
2. Let the Devil know we are a FORCE to be reckon with
3. Perfecting of the saints, be more than just a believer.
Equipped us to do much more than what we are doing.
How many people are you impacting with your life?
It was on this day that I left out of church convicted that I had not done anything to make an IMPACT. I have not impacted the world around, my family, my neighborhood, my church. Nothing!
As I sat in the car that day and me and Jetona drove off, I sat in silence letting everything soak in. Now I will be the first to tell you silence is not my thing. So after pondering Maximum Impact and what I could do, I asked Jetona what was her Maximum Impact? She responding what she thought her impact was. Then of course she asked me, and my simple response was this, Do I even have to tell you? She knew what I was talking about. Thats the great thing about marriage as I speak in short broken sentences Jetona knows exactly how to fill in the gaps. I spent the rest of the day pondering my impact and what I could do more to impact others. This blog is just one part of that step to provide an impact.
In coming post I will start to share a life altering moment that has haunted me some 15 years after the fact, and now I am starting to have the strength to face that moment and set it behind me as I move forward.