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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Impact of One Life

A conversation a couple of days ago was a stark reminder of the importance of each of our lives.  In the past two days I have been reading Seth Godin's book, Tribes, which emphasizes the identical truth.
Not entrusting what was entrusted to you prevents many from learning the truth.
A friend of mine recently returned from a meeting were material to which we were exposed about 33 years ago was presented as new thinking.  The material had its genesis in one of our mentors.  He was not given credit, in fact he is not even acknowledged publicly, but the impact he had on my life, my friend’s life, and the lives of several of the people who were at that meeting has endured.  I know that several of us are still using information that he shared with us.  That is an example of a life well invested with positive impact.

On the other hand our lives can have a significant negative impact.  There were others who were exposed to the same information but did not use it; were not good stewards of the information that God in His sovereignty exposed them.  Not only did those not steward the information well, they actively and passively discounted it.  2 Timothy 2:2 tells us that we are to pass on what we have learned to the best of our ability.  This was not done with the result that there has been a significant number of people who have not benefited from the information that was entrusted to those people.

Now that some of that information is resurfacing and will, I believe, prove to be valuable, those who held that information back have negatively impacted those from whom they withheld the information.  Essentially 25+ years of impact has been discarded by not valuing what was entrusted.

If it is the case that God is sovereign, He has brought our experiences and information into our lives intentionally.  He does that because as Ephesians 2:10 along with Psalm 139:13 – 16 tell us He formed us for a purpose.  It follows that all that He brings our way is to shape us for that purpose.

We are accountable for how we steward His sovereign interaction with our lives.

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