This is one of my favorite times of the year. You see I like to watch football. Last Thursday night was the kickoff of the 2014 professional football season. I have learned how to man the remote control with such proficiency I can actually watch two games at one time on one TV. You see it sort of works out that while one team is in a huddle on one channel on another channel they will be running a play. When that play is over you quickly switch back to the other channel. I usually start a regiment of exercises for my index finger in early August. I practice this move during preseason. I also have a backup finger just in case my starting finger gets knocked out of the game! I love football!
I have to be careful though not to spend 10 ½ hours on Sunday’s watching football. There are things that are way more important that need to be taken care of. With this realization I now limit myself to only watching one game. (And a few quick peeks in on the action.) What is more important than football? Well, a number of things, but for me touching lives. Today I have two letters to write to two different men who are “tenants” of their respective state. (Inmates) I will spend time praying for the week ahead that I will be aware of those that I encounter that may need a few more minutes of my time. In those few minutes they may express their hurts, their fears, or what they need prayer for. I want to be ready. I will also plan out how I can purposely touch the lives of the ones I care about. How I can surprise them with a word that lifts them up, put a smile on their face, lets them know they are loved, and thought of.
Touching someone’s life in a Godly manner takes time, takes practice, and takes opening your eyes to see the needs. It means not being so self-concerned about your own needs. You should already know your needs will be met. In a book I am currently writing I spend a whole chapter describing ways to touch lives. What is your favorite way to do this?
My church always considers this time of the year as the start of a new ministry season. I tend to think that way as well. So the question isn’t, “Am I ready for some football?” the question is, “Am I ready for some ministry?”