Speaking Of

Nº 172 weekly devotions to refresh your soul by Dr. Dan Bolin - November 16, 2021

God forbid that I should travel with anybody a quarter of an hour without speaking of Christ to them. - George Whitefield

This week marks the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln stood at one of the United States' bloodiest battlefields and delivered 271 words that capsulized history and inspired hope for the American people. Lincoln's speech was right about so much but wrong on one essential point. He said, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here.” Yet 158 years later, the lines are still memorized by school children and analyzed by scholars. Words matter. Sometimes they evaporate into the ether, but many words are long remembered. Verbal intentionality is vital! Asaph, a Hebrew songwriter, reminds us, what our fathers have told us. “We will not hide them from their children; we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.” (Psalm 78:3b-4) We may not have the platform of an Abraham Lincoln, but we all influence those closest to us. Little eyes - and for that matter, all of those around us - will significantly note and long remember what we say and do. Intentionality is vital. Work to redirect the mundane conversations of life toward the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD and His power and the wonders He has done.

Dan Bolin President Refueling in Flight Ministries, Inc