600 Miles 1 Concert 17 Hours 1 Challenge

September 30th 2009

Yesterday my husband drove me 300 miles to Boise for 1 concert, then 300 miles home.  Yes you got it, 600 miles round trip for 1 concert without staying over night!  This was a 17 hour journey all together including 10 hours of driving, 1 hour eating dinner, and 6 hours at the venue.  He had to be back at work today so he slept in the car while I went to the concert.  Who is this I saw in concert.  Casting Crowns and Matt Redman.  Yes the Concert was excellent.  Even more so than that, the Lord was lifted up in worship by thousands of people in once place, always something amazing to be a part of!

One of the things that I was able to do while I was there was take part in meet and greet.  I was able to say hello to, and shake hands with, the members of Casting Crowns, regular people being obedient to what God has asked them to do.  Here is a question for you.  When was the last time you told someone “Thank you for saying Yes when the Lord said “do this for me” because now He is using you to minister to other people, even though you don’t always get to see the impact, God sees it.”  Have you ever told someone “thank you for saying Yes to God?”  I did that last night.  I told them thank you for saying “Yes” to God.  How many times do all of us tell God “Ummmm…I don’t think so!” or just “No”.  How many lives have been impacted because they said “Yes”?  I didn’t know what kind of reaction I would get.  They thanked me for encouraging them, they thanked me for telling them it mattered that they sacrifice to do what God has asked them to do.

1 Thessalonians 5:10-12 says “He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.  Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”   Something we are to be doing, encouraging one another.  So here is my challenge to you.  Think of someone you know that has impacted the lives around them because they said “Yes” to what God asked them to do.  It might be your pastor, a children’s worker, a bible study leader, an usher, the treasurer or someone you know is praying for your church.  It might be the person you least expect .  Ask God who you can encourage by thanking them for saying “Yes” when He asked them to be obedient.