Your Influence Changes Lives

who are you influencing, influence, setting hearts on fire, the love of God grips us, trishakeehn.comI wonder what the flame looks like when a changed heart passes the torch and sets another on fire, and another and another…
 
All because the love of God gripped your heart and you weren’t willing to let up. I just wonder what it would look like…
 
In the fifth grade, a pastor and his wife offered me a ride to church every Sunday and Thursday. We’d pick up other kids too. There was a lot of love, and joy and usually some kind of adventure along the way. These quickly became my favorite days of the week.
 
Summer camp came, and this couple urged me to come; the church paid for my week there. This is where Jesus became more than a bible story and I felt His spirit stirring. One night I surrendered my life around those campfire flames.
 
Returning home, this couple took that Holy Spirit spark and started to fan the flame by asking me to help out with the children’s programs in town and around more campfires.
 
The love of God gripped their hearts and they weren’t letting up.
 
Larry and Peggy Nilson encouraged me in strengths that I didn’t see there. They filled my heart with flavors of hope I’d never tasted before. This kindness, the joy and crazy love showed me what the grace of God looks like.
 
What if you gave someone a ride to church today? What if you encouraged someone in their strengths?
 
I wonder what these campfire flames look like from Heaven when even just one life is being changed forever?
 
All because the love of God gripped your heart and you weren’t willing to let up. I just wonder what it would look like…

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