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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. ...

Vantage Point: New Year's Resolutions: Help Is Available

By Ken Horn
Dec. 27, 2009

I was chatting about the weather and other sundry topics with a man I had just met. There was really no reason for this conversation to go on for very long. It was a public place, and we had simply said “hi” to each other, then started small talk. It’s the kind of conversation that usually lasts 60 seconds or less.

But our discussion continued for a few minutes, and I began looking for a way to interject something about Jesus into it. There didn’t seem to be an opening. So I silently prayed that the Holy Spirit would provide the opening.

Soon there was a pause, then he turned to me and said, out of the blue, “Can you tell me why things are the way they are?” He then launched into a litany of the ills of society and the woes of his personal life.

The Holy Spirit had made it incredibly easy to talk about the Lord, and ultimately to pray with my new acquaintance.

Facing a blank slate at the beginning of a new year is always exciting. There is the promise of better things ahead. But it can also be daunting. There is a reason we need to make resolutions each year. It’s because some areas of life are hard for us.

Talking to more people about Jesus is frequently a goal for Christians (including me) at the beginning of a new year. But it need not be daunting. The Holy Spirit stands ready to help you meet your goal.

There is no reason on earth that my conversation with that man should have gone in that direction. God provided the opening.

Instead of fearing what you need to do to fulfill your resolutions, why not trust in the Lord? If it’s something He wants you to do, like witnessing more, He will provide open doors. You need to decide to walk through them.

Ken Horn


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