If you had a piece of paper in front of you I’m sure you would have no trouble writing the names of people you know have made a lasting impact on your life. The first person that comes to your mind may be a parent or a grandparent, a teacher or a coach, a boss or a mentor, a servant of God somewhere in the church you attended. But you know that your life is different today because their life intersected your life.
ILLUSTRATION – I think about John and Rene Harmon who were friends with my family when I was a boy. John was an Air Force master sergeant who worked on airplanes; Rene was a stay-at-home mom for their two children. They were strong believers and attended church each week. Often they invited my sister and me to spend the night with them on Saturday nights so we could go to church with them on Sunday morning. One summer they invited me to Vacation Bible School at their church. I went every day with them; it was the first time I remember hearing the Gospel and realizing that I needed a Savior. It was a few years later before I was saved, but they made a lasting impact upon my life. I wouldn’t be doing what I do today without people like that. I’m sure that you can think of people in your life who have made a lasting impact. (more…)