When I was younger, it was rather difficult for me to learn life went better when I made up my mind, sacrificed my time, and put forth physical effort to accomplish my tasks for each day. Many young people experience this rude awakening after leaving the comforts of home and the protection of their parents. They are thrust into the real world of responsibilities.
By Fredi Trammell
“Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in thee
Let not me be ashame4
Let not mine enemies triumph over me.
Show me thy ways, O Lord, and teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth and teach me,
For thou art the God of my salvation;
On thee do I wait all the day.
Remember not the sins of my youth
Nor my transgressions:
According to thy mercy remember thou me
For thy goodness sake, O Lord.
The Psalmist David
Each believer in Jesus Christ must learn the marvelous secret that produces a joy filled life brimming with excitement in the realm of the Spirit. The secret awaits all who care to search for its discovery. One must seek until the secret is personally revealed within himself. Nobody has the power to make this secret real in another person’s life. Nor has anyone the ability, once the secret is
found, to discharge the treasure it holds into another individual’s life.
A friend of mine, a young man named Randy, attended a men’s conference recently. At 4:00 AM in the morning he began walking and praying on the camp grounds where the conference was held. Searching for a closer relationship with his Master, Randy chose to sacrifice the early morning hours for his closet prayer time. In his desperation, he proved to God his sincerity by his sacrifice.
Returning home from the meeting, he used his time alone, in his car, to talk with Jesus concerning his involvement in the Kingdom of God. Randy knew there was a place of involvement that would fulfill his longing to be beneficial in God’s Kingdom. Spotting a toddler beside the busy highway with nobody caring for him, Randy turned his truck around and drove back to where the baby toddled very close to certain death. He carried the child down the driveway and found the mother in her home. She had not known the baby was out of the house.
As Randy continued toward home, the Holy Spirit began to speak to him. The Spirit told him the toddler beside the highway was an object lesson for him. Spiritual newborn babies in the church may wander away from the safety of the house of God. Nobody may have noticed they are encountering dangers that will take away their spiritual lives. Someone must watch for them and lovingly guide them to safety.
Randy came home a changed man. With his pastor’s approval, he and his wife began weekly sessions with new converts. He aptly calls the group My Brother’s Keeper.