Timelines

Who was the first person to share the love of Christ with you? I don’t mean the first person to “share the Gospel” with you, I mean the first person who showed you that you mattered? The person who sat down with you, learned your name, listened to your story?

Who was it that showed you that you were precious and prized and valued and loved and treasured above all things?

Scripture gives the example of what mentoring looks like, what taking time with others looks like: Moses with Joshua, Elijah with Elisha, Jesus with His disciples, Paul with Timothy.

Today in church I listened to people share their stories about the person who told them through words, time, and actions that they mattered.

I can track each person in my life who put that kind of effort into my story. I remember when I met them, how I met them, what they said and did to let me know that Jesus loved me and said I was worth His brutal death and amazing resurrection promise.

I can name all the people who made that kind of impact on my sons. The teachers, the Sunday School teachers, the small group teachers, coaches who made sure that my kids knew they mattered.

So it begs the question– who are you pouring time, love, and actions into– who are you telling “you matter” — no matter what.

Talk with someone at your church, get involved with those who need to know they are precious and prized and valued and loved and treasured above all things. Who knows, you may be the very person whose name is written on the timeline of someone’s life.

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About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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