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 following Lamplighter Moment was written by Anthony Barr, a 2011 Lamplighter Guild alumnus who interned with Lamplighter and is now on staff. Enjoy!

I was recently asked to contact a church to find out the name of a ministry that the church sponsored. I emailed the church, but time passed and I didn’t hear back from them. I then sent a follow-up message online. Still, I did not hear from the church.

Finally, I received an email from Mark; here is an excerpt from that email:

“Anthony I need that information about the ministry…Have you found this info yet? So far whenever I have asked for any kind of information you have been extremely relentless in your pursuit so I’m a little confused as to why you haven’t been able to obtain this info…

In the future, here’s what I need from you…you can approach obtaining information like this in a number of ways. First, never depend on emails to obtain information; always call and talk to someone.

Next, read A Message to Garcia.* Next, go to the source and ask them yourself…if you can’t drive or fly, then walk or hitchhike . . . Though this might sound sarcastic, it is not. And I realize that given your age, I wouldn’t really expect you to hitchhike (that’s against the law), but I need you to see that every assignment has an urgency attached to it.”

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”

This passage from Ephesians reminds us that we should live wisely and make the most of every opportunity, for the days are evil. Sometimes opportunities are easily spotted, but often opportunities are hidden in mundane, routine, everyday assignments.

We must be relentless in our pursuit, making the most of every opportunity!

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