The Upper Room devotional reflection for Friday, June 26th comes to us from Terrie Hellard-Brown of California
Hebrews 10:19-25 NRSV 19 Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
I’ve always wanted to do great things for God — to change the world and to live a life that mattered. I didn’t want to have any regrets at the end of my life. Maybe it’s age; hopefully it’s wisdom — but now I long for the ordinary in life a simple phone call showed me the importance of “ordinary.” It was from a student I had taught during my first year of teaching when I had done my best but failed often. This student was diagnosed with severe ADHD. A local gang was also trying to recruit him. I spent that year encouraging him. He called that day to tell me he had become a Christian while in my class and that his family had become Christians as well. He said that I had made a difference in their lives and that now he was preparing to become a youth minister. He showed me that the ordinary, daily encouragement we give to people can change everything.
God was able to use my words to change that family, and who knows how many people God has changed through this young man’s ministry? In God’s hands, the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Who knows what God will do with the seemingly ordinary words of encouragement and love we offer?
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to seize the opportunities you give us each day to encourage, help, and love others. Amen.
– Terrie Hellard-Brown
May Terrie’s words offer each of us a moment to consider what we say and do today might hasten or hinder someone coming to relationship with Christ. May the impact you have today, bring glory to God and healing to those who cross your path.