Readings: Exodus 6:6-8, Acts 12:6-19, John 8:1-11
Our friend goes to the gym just about every day, bravely and consistently fighting a disease that is attacking his body. He saw a heavily tattooed, and much larger, man often at the gym. They didn’t speak, until this week. On the way out, the large man said, “I wanted you to know that when I get up in the morning and think, ‘I don’t feel like going to the gym today,’ I think of you working hard here every day, and I come to the gym.” Our friend told him about fighting the disease and the man showed him his cancer survivor tattoo. Fighting disease was part of the reason he came to the gym, too. I love the story, because you never know how you inspire others, just by being who you are and doing what the Lord gives you to do in life. Your tenacity, faithfulness, bravery, honesty, compassion, and striving to do your best are noticed! Our friend said, “Isn’t it funny that a pipsqueak like me could inspire a big muscular man like that?” Funny, indeed. In the Acts reading above, Peter is rescued from prison by an angel and goes to Mary’s house to see the many people gathered there praying. “Peter motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and described how the Lord had brought him out of prison.” That’s a great way to inspire others - describe how the Lord has brought you out of prison, led you out of darkness, strengthened you during illness, refreshed you when weary, held you when sorrowful, taught you along the way, loved you - always. The Lord just might use you to inspire someone to persevere through disease, cling to God during tough times, study the Word often, or go to the gym.