We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

The Hitch-Hiker

Walter, this is excellent! Nicely written! For those who are reading this blog, I am sharing a letter one of my staff wrote to the rest of our staff after I called him on the phone to tell him that I had just picked up a hitchhiker and told him that he could call the office and order five books for free. Walter’s letter below is a good summary of what took place. If this sounds self serving and lifts me up on a pedestal, please know that I am truly a selfish person at heart and only picked up this hitchhiker in case he was wealthy and could give a large donation to the ministry! (Ok, not really, but please excuse the high praise that Walter gives me.
Wednesday November 11, 2009…The Hitchhiker -You are driving down the road at 65 mph (if your Mark it might be a little faster!) thinking about all the things that need to do; bills to pay, meetings and appointments to make, emails to send and leaves to rake. Just then the Lord places a hitch-hiker in your path–with a suitcase, of a different race, and he’s big! You sense God telling you to stop and pick him up…you have 2 seconds to make up your mind. WHAT DO YOU DO? If you’re Mark you stop and pick him up. As he gets in the car he thanks you but instead of hearing “You’re welcome,” he hears, “Thank the Lord not me, because He told me to pick you up!” Now that the focus of discussion has been set, within a few minutes you find out he is a backslidden believer who is desperately walking down the seemingly endless highway of life going nowhere fast. As he tells you about his life and misfortunes you start to realize how blessed you are, and your first thought is that you want to help this man…but how? If you’re Mark you immediately think about how your life has been changed by the reading of the Word of God and great Christian books. So you offer some encouragement and a few life-changing books to the fellow…but with one exception! He has to be willing to turn off the TV for one month and if he’s willing, he can call Lamplighter and receive a book a week for free. Starting with Jessica’s First Prayer, then The Rescue of Jessica’s Mother, then Christies Old Organ, then The Hedge of Thorns, and lastly Teddy’s Button, Mark is helping this man get back on the path of righteousness with some clear direction and practical steps. So, if you take his call when he calls in to order the books for free, please ask him if he’s keeping his part of the bargain and has shut off the TV for thirty days. Will reading great books and not watching TV change this man’s life? I guess we’ll have to wait and see where the Lord takes this. What a great experiment! Great question to ask yourself today. What chapter of life are you in? Has God laid it on my heart to help someone today? What have I read lately that has drawn me closer to the Lord? When is the last time I shared the love of Christ with someone? When was the last time you took a second to pray for that person in your life who needs His love more than anything else? Sometimes this person will be walking with a suitcase down the expressway; other times, it may be our neighbor, a waiter, or the Starbucks coffee maker.

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