Published May 5, 2015

Shelia Shares....
"Little Is Much"

If you are a regular reader of this newsletter, you know that Paul and I take walks several times a week for exercise. This year during the snowy, icy and bitterly cold winter, we walked at Park City, a large shopping mall. Three times around the inside of the mall is a total of 3.9 miles. Now that the weather has warmed up, we plan to do our four-mile walk through downtown Lancaster again, whenever we can.

When I had my eye surgery almost three years ago, I needed to look down or straight ahead for a number of weeks. During that time, I discovered a lot of dropped coins on the sidewalks. Generally, I find pennies. People just don't bother to pick them up. But, I have found nickels, dimes and even quarters. In 2014, my grand total was $15.72. Now, a penny doesn't sound like much money, but enough pennies make a nice total.

Recently Park City Diner (Park Plaza in Lancaster) and Knight & Day Diner (across from Brethren Village in Lititz) offered to help The Gospel Greats program financially through an "affinity" program. They gave us plastic "swipe cards" to distribute. When you eat at either diner, as you pay your tab, simply have them "swipe" the card through their card reader. A donation will be made to The Gospel Greats program to help us to carry on our ministry.

You might be thinking that your $10 meal and drink once a year wouldn't make a difference. But, 100 people making that $10 purchase is a $100 donation. Joining with others, local people, one at a time, can make a difference to The Gospel Greats program in this way.

But here's my point. I don't know how many people you meet each day or week or year. If the number is relatively small, you might think, "Can I really impact lives for Christ?"

Maybe you aren't a Billy Graham talking to thousands of people at a time. But, can you share your joy and the reason for it with one person this week? Can you tell one person what you read in the Bible this week and how it motivated or changed you? Can you tell one person that Jesus is Lord? Can you show a consistent life and back it up with just a sentence that points to Christ?

When you tell one person, you make a difference in that person. You plant a seed or you water an already-planted seed in that person's life.

You might feel like you are just picking up pennies. Individually, they don't amount to much. You might think your purchase of a cup of coffee and using the swipe card isn't worth the bother. You might feel that speaking a word for Jesus isn't going to change a life — and it could be embarrassing if they don't respond properly.

But, you can make a difference.

The important thing in all this is not the coins or the donation. They're only illustrations. The important fact is that you can impact a life or lives for eternity. It happens one action or one word at a time. As the old song says, "Little is much when God is in it."

Share Jesus at every opportunity you can and to every person you can and at every place you can. Just share Jesus.

Shelia

Note:  If you live near Lancaster or visit this area, I'd be happy to get you a "swipe card" for the Park City and Knight & Day Diners. Just contact me and we'll work out the details.

Comments on this? shelia@thegospelgreats.com.

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