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Friday, September 7, 2007

Let's Be Frank

Over the past two weeks the Lord has drawn my prayers and thoughts to the people who have traveled with me on my journey toward heaven. God has brought to mind people who provided me with teaching, correction, and prayer. These individuals grew me into a deeper love relationship with Jesus.

An unlikely person was Frank. Frank was a colleague at the bank where I were I worked several years ago. Not once in my entire twenty-three years of banking had I worked with another Christian. Little did I realize God was about to set me on a new journey.

Over stacks of loan files Frank and I began to talk about faith and the Bible. He was wise and filled with the Holy Spirit. He began to slowly and carefully teach me new insights into God’s character and purpose for my life.

I know I spent a lot of time learning about the Holy Spirit. Frank brought in books for me to read along with my daily Bible reading. He said to me, “Lynn, read the good ole’ dead guys. They had it figured out long before we came along.”

He brought me books by R.A. Torrey, A.W. Tozer and Andrew Murray. I love Andrew Murray. I am currently reading two books by Murray today. Frank also recommended some of the good ole dead girls as well, such as Hanna Widall-Smith.

Over a course of two years Frank challenged me. He pushed me to discover more of God’s character. He led me to a fresh indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Last week I telephoned Frank to thank him for those years of instruction. I explained how his love for Christ inspired me and grew my relationship with the King. Frank responded like Frank, “Awe shucks.” He was humble and gave all the credit to Jesus.

I think God delights in those ah-ha moments when we realize He orchestrated an encounter, a friendship. It delighted the Father for me to telephone Frank and say, “Thank you. Thank you for sharing Jesus with me.”

Who was your Frank? A pastor, a parent, a neighbor, the grocery clerk? Honor them with a card or a call. Then let's be Frank with someone else.

Colossians 3:16 (NLT)
16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

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Blogger Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Praise God for Frank!

Beautiful post!

I can think of many "Franks" in my life.

September 7, 2007 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Vicki said...

Ah, yes, I love those ol' dead guys, too. And Hannah Whitall Smith. God has a wonderful way of bringing people into our lives that enrich our living for Him.

September 7, 2007 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

Wow - the ministry of workplace believers!

David Jeremiah said the majority of ministry is carried out in the common place by common people...What encouragement to all of us to be faithful no matter where we are in life!

September 10, 2007 at 7:35 PM  

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