Today: The past and gratitude

Thought for the day:

The past has much to teach us, so that the future can be brighter and better, and our service to God more effective.

The question is how to sift through and evaluate the past. The judicious use of good questions can take you far.

Another feature of using the the past is to remember how God has blessed and cared for us. Use the past as a register for God’s providence in your life.

My personality has little use for the past. It is wholly geared toward the future. This perspective has much to commend it, but having the past to bolster your present can provide much impetus and motivation for the future.

It all depends upon how we look at it.

The sum of it

Jerry Hill on conversions around 1967 in Guatemala: “These exciting times helped us conclude: when the gospel is preached, there are going to be conversions; when the gospel is preached more, there are going to be more conversions.”

What’s the lesson for us?

Preach and follow the leads

Jerry Hill, again, in his book about their work in Guatemala, which I’m enjoying:

A chain of events like this begins with someone preaching the gospel. It is predictable that important reactions will occur. It is impossible to know what they will be, whom they will involve or where they may lead. The preacher will be disappointed at times that his plans for certain people in certain places were not realized. But he will be elated many times over when the unpredicted events bring in people, at places, and with results that no one foresaw. I believe this is fundamental to preaching the gospel to all the world in each generation: preach, and follow the leads! p. 44.

Great advice! God will open doors that we never dreamed of.