Would You Be Willing??

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

 I think I'm just an ordinary person.
Living an ordinary life.

Can God really use an ordinary person to reach others for Him?

If you've ever felt like me, please take the time to read the following story...

"Edward Kimble and the Shoe Salesman."

It was July 1, 1885 when Edward Kimble felt the tugging of the Spirit 
to share his faith with a young shoe salesman he knew. 

At first Kimble vacillated, unsure if he should talk to the man.
 
But he finally mustered his courage and went into the shoe store. 
There Kimble found the salesman in the back room stocking shoes, 
and he began to share his faith with him. 

As a result, the young shoe salesman prayed and received Jesus Christ that day. 
That shoe salesman's name was Dwight L. Moody, 
and he became the greatest evangelists of his generation.

But the story doesn't end there. 
Several years later a pastor and well-known author by the name of 
Frederick B. Meyer heard Moody preach. 
Meyer was so deeply stirred by Moody's preaching that he himself 
embarked on a far-reaching evangelistic ministry. 

Once when Meyer was preaching, a college student named 
Wilbur Chapman accepted Christ as a result of his presentation of the gospel. 
Chapman later employed a baseball player to help him prepare 
to conduct an evangelistic crusade. 

That ballplayer, who later became a powerful evangelist himself, 
was Billy Sunday.

In 1924 a group of businessmen invited Billy Sunday to hold an evangelistic campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina, which resulted in many people coming to Christ. 
Out of that revival meeting a group of men formed a men's prayer group to pray for the world.

 They prayed for Charlotte to have another great revival. 

God sent another evangelist named Mordecai Hamm. 
Hamm went to Charlotte in 1934 to hold a crusade. 
Ham's crusade went well, even though it did not have many converts.
 
On one of the last nights under the big tent one tall, lanky young man 
walked up the aisle to receive Christ. 

That man's name was Billy Graham.

Talk about a chain of events!
 
And it all started with an ordinary Christian named
 Edward Kimble, 
who reached D.L. Moody, 
who reached Wilbur Chapman, 
who reached Billy Sunday, 
who reached Mordecai Ham, 
who reached Billy Graham. 


Look at what God has done over these many years 
because of the faithfulness of one person.

One ordinary person.

Just think of what God could do with you...

29 comments :

  1. LOVE THIS POST, YOUR BLOG BACKGROUND, AND YOU FRIEND!

    HUGS FROM MAINE

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  2. Awesome...I have heard this before from our preacher.....encouraging.
    Hugs,
    Anne

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  3. Thanks for reminding me that we may not see immediate results of what we do, but God always has a plan and can use the least of us.

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  4. I am so thankful God's wonderful plan to reach the world can include little ol' nothing me. What an encouraging post!
    You have a beautiful Autumn day~
    Carrie~

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  5. This is really good. I have heard this before, but it is such a good reminder for me right now. Very timely. I feel the Lord is urging me to share with a kind woman who I am seeing about my diet. I have all the usual reasons for hesitating. Don't know her too well, don't want to be pushy, am not to sure how she might respond etc. Plus I have to see her once a week and what if it goes badly? Could make things uncomfortable, and on and on I go. Isn't it funny how you can tell (sometimes) who is "ready" to hear something and who is maybe not quite there yet? And how much easier it is to share with someone whose heart is close? But this post has encouraged me to be obedient to the Lord's whisperings and let the outcome be what it is. I will begin to pray for the right words and the right opportunity. Thanks for this. Blessings to you, Debbie

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  6. What a powerful chain of events, for sure!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful true story. A great reminder for all of us "regular people"! -Tammy

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  7. This is a wonderful story that is shared often ... with such a wonderful point to be made. He works in mysterious ways to get His message across.

    Have a bright sunny day.
    TTFN ~Marydon

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  8. I've read this before but still enjoy it because it's so inspiring. Just wonderful!

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  9. Wow, what a great story. You are an inspiration to fellow Christians.

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  10. Such a great- encouraging post, Lois!! I've heard this before, but had forgotten about it--that IS an amazing chain- and we just never know--but God already does!:)

    Have a great day and thanks!!

    Linda

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  11. Hi Lois,
    I've read this once before, but it has been a long time. It's so awesome!! I love how God works in each of our lives; how just one of us can make a difference with God's help! Thanks for sharing that!

    Nancy

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  12. Wow, great story! And no, I'm sorry I don't have any moles in my garden that I know of... so no idea.... but now I'm a little paranoid.. :)

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  13. This brought tears to my eyes and my spirit was just WHAMMED..a deep stirring within...Thank you sister...thank you for sharing this...

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  14. That really puts things in perspective. So many times I don't think of the consequences of what "little" actions I take. Thank you for posting this!

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  15. Hi Sunshine,
    Great post, what a great reminder,
    we were sort of talking about that this morning in our group about how God wants to use us and how that gives us such purpose and happiness to be used by Him!
    It is so amazing to see how one person can make such a difference cause it just passes from one person to another and another.
    So neat!!
    Glad you enjoyed Beckys soup, we sure did and will definitly be doing it again too!
    Thanks for coming by today,
    Check me out again, I put a link to a neat video on today!
    Blessings and have a great evening,
    Nellie

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  16. God can work in awesome ways and through all people if we just let Him. Lovely post and thought provoking too, Lois!

    blessings and hugs,

    marcy

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  17. You are not an ordinary person but one who inspires, opens her heart and shares wonderful posts! My dear, you are making a difference! Thank you! So glad to visit your blog. It always puts a smile on my face :)

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  18. You are definetly no ordinary person. You inspire us with every post!
    Hugs!

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  19. Love that story! It is so true. I believe we can all be used in our everyday life....we just have to be willing to let God take the lead.

    Thanks for stopping by today. I hope to get back in the swing of things. I have just been so busy that blogging had to take a back seat.

    Have a blessed evening!

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  20. Beautiful post SO true!!
    *hugs*

    Love in Christ~ Jen

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  21. This remind's me of a story from Beth Moore, the hair brush story. You should look it up, it will bring tears to your eyes.

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  22. Wow, that's an awesome story. Very inspiring.
    Elle

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  23. Wonderful story! We forget that we are His instruments and tools.

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  24. Very encouraging. It's a good reminder that we need to be out there sharing our faith, and trust God to bring the results.

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  25. great post, you never know who you will be inspiring? What great reminder.

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  26. What a beautiful and inspirational post for all of us. I do believe one person can make a difference. I hope you have a great weekend ♥

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  27. Thanks for reminding me that results are not always seen or known ...

    Ours is not to understand but to listen to the Lord's still small voice when He asks us to do something and to leave the results to Him!!

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  28. Love this post! you give me a lot of hope when I'm having trouble finding it, thank you for sharing your blog with us!
    I heard something so neat today, my BF went in to her parent - teachers conference (she lives in TX) and her teacher was so happy (public school) that her 6 year old was "witnessing" to the other students in her class! At SIX!!!!!

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  29. amen!! what an inspiring and encouraging post :-)

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