Believe me, you matter. You have been God’s instrument of blessing in someone’s life. There is, out there, someone who is very thankful that they encountered you along the way.
And I’ll wager that at some point, you’ve had an experience like this:
I received a letter.
It was from an address I didn’t recognize. When I opened the envelope, I found a single-page, neatly typed message. The writer told me how he had found some of my writings online and they had been very helpful to him as he participated in prison ministry. He told me that each week, right before he goes to the county jail to teach and encourage, he prayed for me and my ministry. He ended with some very sweet words: “I hope that you feel God’s hand of strength and encouragement upon you, and that His anointing of your gift continues in ways that you will never see and could not have fathomed but nonetheless have contributed to.”
Like I said, I’ll wager this has happened to you. And I’ll wager that you treasure the letter, the email, or the memory of the conversation in which it happened.
I keep that letter in my notebook. When my heart feels dark, when I think that I am a failure, I turn to the page and unfold the letter. I read those words to remind me that someone out there prays for me.
That, I think, is the effect Paul intended for the Ephesians when he wrote this passage: “For this reason, ever since I have heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” (Eph. 1:15-16)
So, here’s a question.
Who do you need to write a letter to?
Or put another way,
Who do you need to encourage today?
Who do you need to drop an email or phone call to?
Who are you being called to bless right now?
Here’s another question.
What’s stopping you?
Or put another way,
What’s holding you back from passing along God’s blessing?
You could be the instrument that God is going to use to give hope to someone suffering in despair. You could have the very words that might encourage someone in their own dark night of the soul. It might very well be that someone will say of your words, “I keep that letter in my notebook….”
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a letter I need to write….