Fort Mill Times

Words of Faith - June 11, 2008

Dr. Matt Woodhouse is a lead pastor at Antioch International Church in Fort Mill. Visit www.LifeAtAntioch.org.
Dr. Matt Woodhouse is a lead pastor at Antioch International Church in Fort Mill. Visit www.LifeAtAntioch.org.

Have you ever checked out the pages right at the back of your Bible? In many Bibles, you will find a series of maps that show the places that the Apostle Paul visited on his three main missionary journeys. Now, it has to be said, most people only check these out if the Sunday message at church is going on a little long, or if the subject that is being taught is not that interesting to them.However, there can be more to these maps than at first meets the eye.It is interesting to see how Paul visited different cities, regions, and nations during these journeys. If you investigate and study further you will find that at every stop he made there was some significant things that God had for him to do. In some places he would visit and encourage people who were having a struggle in life, and at other places he would pray for those he met and share with them the way that Jesus had changed his life.Everywhere Paul went he made a positive impact and left those he met feeling better about themselves.Did you know that each day when you get up, God has a journey planned out for you with things for you to accomplish on that journey? The Bible says that "A man's steps are ordained by the Lord..." and this is true each and every day.We often think that our lives are just full of appointments, meetings, work, errands, things to do, places to go and people to see. However, the truth of it is that each place that we go to, each person we meet, and each place that we stop at are like the cities, regions, and nations that Paul visited - an opportunity to do something significant to bless someone else, and please God.Perhaps your day looks something like this: Take the kids to school, buy groceries, take the cat to the vet, have coffee with a friend, pick up some things from the hardware store, get the oil changed in the car, collect the kids from school...and the list goes on. At each stop I would encourage you to take a moment to look around.Maybe there is someone who looks like they need a kind word or simply a smile.In the Bible, it says, " 'For I know the plans that I have for you', declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.' "God really is interested in your life and He really does have a plan for you each day. Enjoy His plan for today, tomorrow, and the days to come, and you will feel like you really have made a difference in the lives of others - Give it a go!

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