By Debra Torres
The little doctor in his spotless white med coat surprised me with his big personality as he skillfully tended to my daughter’s broken finger.
We had never met this doctor before, and at first impression I quickly judged him to be quiet and soft spoken. And when he left to go look at some x-rays I let my eyes survey his examining room.
You can tell a lot about a person by looking at their stuff I think. And I was surprised when my eyes landed on a neat display of “Our Daily Bread” devotionals on his sink counter.
When the doctor came back in, our talk easily turned to God. While the man diligently worked on my daughter’s hand, he shared his testimony with me and we spoke about church and what it meant to be a contagious Christian.
Churches that are exploding with people have it right, he told me.
One thing I pray for my children is that they would be salt and light to those around them.
My heart’s desire is that others would see a difference in them – that somehow, in some dark moment, my kids would shine the light of Christ’s love into someone else’s life.
Light is something I think that we tend to take advantage of when we have it. But when we don’t, well, often we can be lost in the dark.
I remember once when my boys were small and we took them on a “night hike” offered by an area park. At nearly dusk, a small group of us set out with a seasoned guide.
My young boys each sported green plastic lanterns that made cricket sounds when the switch was turned on.
The hike leader pointed out some amazing things that I ...
By Debra Torres
The profanity came out of Claire’s mouth hard and fast that day in our high school locker room.
I was a new Christian then, a wannabe athlete and mediocre at best on our high school swim team.
I was a bit awkward and self-conscience, but I had a light growing inside me that was beginning to show through the cracks in my reserved personality.
Claire was a good swimmer, tall, blue-eyed and confident with the boys. But she had a mouth that could beat any sailor, and she especially favored bashing God’s name.
And that day in the locker room, I had had enough.
“Stop saying that,” I said, challenging her while she and her friend Beth laughed and carried on about something. When Claire asked why, I told her that God didn’t like it. ...
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Who is God? God loves us all so much and he desires that not one would be lost. He has chosen you and me to go and tell others about him. It's a tough road lined with persecution, and he knows it. I think that's why there's such a great reward waiting for those who choose to obey.
The furniture deliveryman called me right on cue. He told me they were a half-hour away and would be at my house shortly.
I was excited to get the new family room furniture.
It came as an unexpected gift from my sister-in-law and would replace the worn-out, duct-taped pieces we’d used for years.
But one thing concerned me about the deliverymen that made me anxious about their arrival.
You see, I didn’t have a tip for them.
My husband had worked in furniture delivery years before I knew him and told me that you always tip for this backbreaking job.
But funds were tight, and I had nothing to give the men.
They came in and brought my couches one by one, being careful not to scuff my walls. And they meticulously set up the pieces. They were punctual, respectful and worked well as a team.
Ugh! And I had no tip. What was I going to do?
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Who is God? God wants everyone to be saved, and He wants us to share His love with others. No one’s exempt at sharing the Good News – no matter how shy or fearful we are. Right before He left this earth, Jesus gave marching orders to all of us saying: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” Matthew 28:19.
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