June 4, 2015 Dear Friends, Jannette and I are just back from a vacation in Maine, where this preacher received a much needed rest – I did not realize I was so worn out. Our Lord refreshed me (Isaiah 40:31a) “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…” I am not sure […]
Summer is a time for repeat programs on TV. Let Pastor Carroll, this month, repeat an old letter sent over 10 years ago to the congregation for your consideration.
Do you realize that every one of us casts a shadow on those we come upon in this world? Inevitably, we influence the lives of those we contact. Herman Melville wrote, “We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.”
You are writing a Gospel, a chapter each day,
By the deeds that you do, by the words that you say.
Men read what you write whether faithless or true: Say!
What is the Gospel according to you?
When asked which of the Gospels was his favorite, one man answered, “The Gospel according to my mother.” And John Wesley once said, “I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all the theologians of England.”
Robert G. Lee wrote, “You can no more prevent what you are, what you say, and what you do from affecting other people than you can prevent your body from casting a shadow in sunlight. What you are within you shows without, with no ambiguous expression. You exert an influence which mere language and strong persuasion are feeble to express.”
Generally, we think that shadows are nothings. But the spiritual shadow we cast is something very real.
This summer in all the bright sunlight, what kind of a shadow are you casting? Is your life influencing others toward or away from Christ?
Hope to see you in church Sunday as we learn how to cast a good shadow for Christ our Lord.
Serving Christ together,
Frederick W. Carroll
“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 12:3