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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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July 22, 2013 - Hidden Impact

By Randy Mantik

"Was this day really necessary?" read the bumper sticker. It reminded me of one of my wife, Debbie's, personal favorites, "Today was a complete waste of make-up." We naturally question the effectiveness of our lives.

You might remember the popular song recorded in the mid-'60s by Simon and Garfunkel that begins, "Hello darkness, my old friend." You may not know that after they recorded it, Simon and Garfunkel split up. Art Garfunkel had gone to England when he got the call, "Remember that song you recorded? It's No. 1 in the charts!"

Someone had picked it up and put it on the air in Boston. It was thought the song could use a more electronic sound, so guitars and percussion had been added to the more pristine version, and out came a chart-topper, a million-seller. Needless to say, Paul Simon and Art got back together quickly. Never had they thought "Sound of Silence" would become as popular as it did and make "Simon and Garfunkel" a household name.

Solomon may have been thinking of life's unforeseeable causes and effects when he wrote, "In the morning sow your seed, and at evening do not let your hands be idle; for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good" (Ecclesiastes 11:6, NRSV).

We never know if what we do will have an impact. As I think of that, I am reminded of what God spoke to me just after we made the decision to pastor an earlier church. The town was small, without even its own post office. As I struggled over the prospect of living and ministering in such an isolated place, I happened to be reading an Oswald Chambers devotional called "The Far-Reaching Rivers of Life."

Chambers wrote, "A river reaches places which its source never knows." God spoke to me in that moment, clearly leading me to go and pastor the church. God wanted me to understand that, though the fruit might seem small at times, the full impact of the far-reaching benefits of our ministry would not be known for a long time. In fact, they might never be seen in our lifetime.

The picture God gave me was of the Mississippi River. At its headwaters near Lake Itasca in the Minnesota Northwoods, it is just a small stream. It is easy for even a child to jump across. However, once it reaches further south, the Mississippi is a mighty river several miles wide. The same river.

Take care of the quality of your life wherever you might be, whatever you're doing, because you never know how far-reaching the effects will be. In this life we may never know the far-reaching impact of our influence. God knows, and one day He'll let us in on the whole picture.

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint Assembly of God in Portage, Wis.



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