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[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″ bg_image_quality=”” video_on_mobile=”No”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” width=”1/1″ tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid” bg_image_quality=”” bg_image_size=”” bg_image_position=”” bg_image_repeat=””][vc_column_text]Have you ever felt that your sense of self-worth was driven by a very fickle ego? Maybe you were overlooked when the invitations to the best party in town were passed out and you felt hurt and offended. After all, you are a person of importance! Or maybe you’ve tried to persuade yourself that there’s nothing wrong with ducking a looming responsibility. You downplayed your importance and appeased your conscience by holding to the notion that you don’t really matter and there are many others better equipped to handle the situation. The truth is, we sometimes have no idea how God is using us to impact another person.

One Saturday evening I was visiting online with a childhood friend. We were catching up on what was going on in each other’s lives. John was working at the Salvation Army Shelter in Bentonville, Arkansas. He told me he had met a man there who said he knew me. The man’s name was Randy Newton. John said he and Randy were talking after a meeting and were comparing their ages, where they had grown up and people they knew from each other’s hometown. When John told Randy he had grown up in Stilwell, Oklahoma, Randy said he was from Siloam Springs, Arkansas and he had once known a guy named Mike Abbott from Stilwell. John told him we were friends as well!

It’s a small world, right? Now here is where this becomes more interesting. I couldn’t remember a man named Randy Newton. I told John I knew a lot of people in northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas. I reminded him I had grown up in the area and had preached at several churches around there. However, this name didn’t ring a bell and could he tell me anything more about Randy that might jog my memory. John told me it had been at Lake Francis Christian Youth Camp. That moved the dial on my time machine to the “way back” setting! In the summer of 1965 I had finished my sophomore year at Ozark Bible College and had come back to my hometown to serve as the youth minister at my home church, First Christian Church of Stilwell. Our church had joined with a number of other churches in our region to start a new church camp that was closer to home. Lake Francis is an older, small lake that sits on the state line between Oklahoma and Arkansas just east of Watts, Oklahoma. Back in the 1930s and 40s it had enjoyed a time as a tourist and vacationing location. On the Arkansas side of the lake was an old unused hotel from that era providing an excellent setting to house the staff and students. Rooms instead of a barracks-type of dormitory was a nice touch. A dining hall for the meals and big swimming pool added to making this a pretty nifty place to have church camp. I don’t even remember all of the churches that sent kids, but I do know Stilwell and Grove, Oklahoma and Gentry and Siloam Springs, Arkansas did. It was a good summer. I baptized my first converts to Christ there that summer. And apparently, I interacted with Randy enough so that over fifty years later, without any other contact other than that one week, Randy remembered me.

So now, fifty years later, God provided me this little wake-up call to remind me that not one deed done for the sake of Jesus goes unnoticed or unblessed. I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the best tool the Lord had at His disposal at that time, but He let me be His vessel and to at least this one little nine-year-old boy, I made a lasting impression. Thank you, Father, for reminding me that others are watching how I model what I proclaim and it does remain with them as my most valid testimony when my actions and words match. Help me live so that all of the other potential “Randys” out there can catch the message that You are supreme and the only one worthy of honor.

-Mike Abbott

 

 

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Whatever your week was like, there’s a place for you at Christ Chapel. Gather with us on Sundays for community, worship and truth for your everyday life.

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We all know that marriage has its ups and downs, but it’s another thing to experience it! Whether you are happily married or just hanging on by a thread, come and be reminded of God’s good agenda through the highs and lows of marriage. Beyond that, you’ll be encouraged and equipped from the Scriptures to love your spouse with a love that can only come from God.

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