When our daughter was young, she had a knack for finding pennies in parking lots. When her discoveries were of the silver variety, it was a special day for the piggy bank. We would say, “Your angel was here.” Now twenty plus years later, when I find a coin, I still see pigtails and a toothless grin holding on with all her might.
I was taking a walk on an autumn morning trying to clear my head when I spotted an old dime, beat up and worn from years being overrun but truck tires. Even though she lives halfway across the country, I sent her a picture and said, “Your angel was here.” But today was different. Not far from the dime was a golf ball. Not sure who’s angel left that one. It was so random, there had to be a lesson in it somewhere.
The last time I played golf, I spent more time landscaping, replacing divots, and digging through weeds for a lost ball. I even recall “pruning” a tree limb with an errant swing so picking up the clubs again could not be it. I had golf balls once retrieved from water hazards and would say, “from the water you came, to the water you will return.” I was so bad, I would score my game based on finding more golf balls than I lost. I redefined what a “win” was.
Mike Donehey, lead singer of Tenth Avenue North, was speaking with a young artist who was trying to make her music go viral, to drastically increase her following. Mike asked how many followers she had. She replied, “332.”
“Then you’re crushing Jesus, He only had 12. What are you doing to serve the 300 you have?”
I struggle with the same issues. The more time spent on marketing, the less spent on writing and serving those who already read. Jesus taught His twelve and healed the hurting in His path, one at a time. Word spread quickly and He drew in multitudes, but they found Him. Jesus served where He was at.
My words may change the hearts of a few, or millions or simply the heart of one. And that one just might be me. But if all I accomplish is a closer walk with Jesus, what more should I want (except to share it with you)?
I pray one day I will hear:
… Well done, good and faithful servant; … enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matthew 25:23 KJV
Now THAT is redefining a win.
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