And Joshua said to the people, "Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you." - Joshua 3:5 NKJV
I was driving home yesterday from bible study when a song playing from my iPod brought back a vivid memory that I will never forget. The memory itself isn't important to this post, but the person and relative timing of when this particular memory took place surely is. A year and a half ago, I had a brief conversation with this person - then an acquaintance, now a close friend - which sparked a chain of events that changed the course of my life. Never underestimate the power of suggestion. I can't remember the exact words she said but they included something like "You should share your story." I didn't even think I had a "story" worth sharing to individuals, let alone worth sharing to groups of people with a microphone in my hand. The funny thing is that people seem to be encouraged by it. God does work in mysterious ways, doesn't he?
I wonder what biblical history would have looked like had Joshua not been bold enough to inspire the people of Israel to cross the massive overflowing Jordan river (Josh 3:15) into the promised land. Keep in mind that this was no dribbling stream and there was no bridge present to cross over. This was a roaring river and to cross it required a leap of faith and literal miracle of God. I love this story. Joshua listened to God, conveyed God's message to the people and then took part in a miracle.
Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan. (Josh 3:17 NKJV)
This was the start of something big. A turning point in the history of the nation of Israel. Have you ever really thought about the impact of your words on those around you? One sentence could alter the course of another's life forever. That can be an exciting thought. That's why we must continually seek God's direction in our lives and try to be the people He wants us to be. We must make every moment count and be aware of opportunities to both speak for and listen to God wherever we find ourselves. Remember, never underestimate the power of suggestion. Live for impact.
For further thought:
1) What opportunities lie in your life where you can make a difference?
2) How can you impact your today for tomorrow?
3) What action will you take today to make a difference in someone else's life? Who has made a difference in yours? Do they know it? If they don't, let them know.
Janna Rust is a Life Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.