Hello Readers! David here. Welcome to my Author Reflection post on St. Patrick and a new meaning for GREEN!
The Real Saint Patrick
St. Patrick’s Day observers are often so engrossed with the color green and little leprechauns, I wonder if we recall who St. Patrick really was. Did you know that he wasn’t even Irish? Did you know that he was kidnapped as a teenager and made a slave? Did you know that he really didn’t chase all the snakes out of Ireland? 😉
There’s much out there to read about this humble Christian, but you can get a quick glimpse into who Patrick the Missionary really was in this article, “Apostle to the Irish: The Real Saint Patrick.” You’ll see how he changed a whole people’s future and exposed them to the things of God. (There’s also a link to a book below.)
The Real Meaning of GREEN
But we still have to deal with the obsession with “green.” I’m certainly not against the color green, but since my calling in part involves evangelism and highlighting missionary efforts worldwide, I feel I must throw an acronym at you.
Acronyms are a big part of my life. In teaching and speaking, I use acronyms to help students remember lessons and Bible truths. If I get my way today, you’ll not forget the true identity of Patrick—nor will you think of the color green in quite the same way.
G is for GO
R is for REACH
E is for EVERYONE
E is for ELSE
N is for NOW
Seriously, Patrick impacted one part of the world and touched our hearts with his faithfulness. So, GO REACH EVERYONE ELSE NOW! Will you ever wear green without a mind for evangelism again? 😉
See you on the field!
How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill, available from Amazon. (aff)
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