by Paula Harrington
Life hadn’t turned out the way she had planned. Marriage hadn’t worked out very well for her. She was accustomed to difficult times and bad decisions but in the heat of a typical day, she ran into someone who changed everything (John 4:7-42).
He lived in misery among tombs and dealt daily with demons but in one glorious encounter, his story was revised (Mark 5:1-20).
She knew how it felt to lose her health (Mark 5:25-34). She had spent too much money trying to find a cure but nothing ever worked.
Doctors had taken advantage of her and she must have thought that she would be sick forever. Can you imagine her excitement when someone finally gave her hope and transformed her future?
Death by crucifixion was his sentence but it was there that he finally met grace (Luke 23:42).
He was zealous for God but on the road to Damascus, his journey brought him to a bright light and a new route (Acts 8:1-8).
Have you heard of Megan Vogel yet? She’s the Ohio teen who, instead of reaching the finish line, stopped to help a rival cross before her.
The Tuohy family from Memphis took in a child from the other side of town, called him their son, and changed his future.
These true stories made the pages of the Bible, the news, and movie scripts but there are many other game-changers you probably have never heard of.
Take, for instance, the sweet couple who took in the preacher’s kid when both of his parents died. They sent him to a Christian school and he is currently a Gospel preacher in the northeast.
What about the man who spent his final days in a hospital bed encouraging the young woman who worked in housekeeping? In the time it took to clean his room each day, he encouraged her with love and fatherly advice and set her on a new path.
Would the young missionary in China be there now if it weren’t for her brothers and sisters in Christ who motivated her to do so?
How about the Christian counselor who spends weeks in the Ugandan jungle bravely instructing and encouraging children who have been through unspeakable tragedy?
The world isn’t concerned with the life-changing stories we can tell.
It plays by its own set of rules:
- Win at all cost.
- Use people before they use you.
- Your time and money are precious. Don’t waste them on others.
- Life is all about you and what you want, so be happy regardless of what you do and who you hurt.
Daily, Satan tries to sell us the lie that this life is all there is.
- Let’s change the rules of this world.
- Put the needs of others above your own (Philippians 2:3-4).
- Go the extra mile(Matthew 5:41).
- Make a difference in the life of someone else because Christ made a difference in yours (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Jesus is the ultimate game-changer. He made a way for us when there was none, gave us hope when there wasn’t any, and loved us when we were unlovable.
He changed our lives by giving his.
Flip through the pages of your Bible and see that he still provides living water, heals our brokenness, breaks our chains, offers unending grace, and gets us on the right road.
Change the way you think, the way you live, and the way you serve and you will, without fail, change the world.