Welcome Readers and New Subscribers! David Telbat here. In this page from my Author Reflections, I’d like to share five ways to improve our lives by developing a servant’s attitude for God. In my action novels, the Christian characters are defined by men and women with these qualities. Thank you for joining us for part I of “5 Challenges that will Change your Life.”
The Easy Life versus the Life of Joy
I like to think of joy as something more internal and long-term than having momentary “happiness.” In this five-part series, I will share five challenges that I have adopted and shared with others in my ministry.
Applying these challenges will bring you joy because they are not self-centered, but rather they are for God and for your fellow man/woman. Each challenge has the potential to change our lives if we follow through!
Challenge One – Commit to writing someone regularly.
Doesn’t that seem simple enough? That’s not all there is to this challenge. Anybody can write to people they like. What if you started writing by snail mail to someone you currently dislike?
I proposed this challenge to men in my prison ministry. Several have accepted the challenge. If we want to grow as God’s servants, we’ll step out of our comfort zone and make friendly contact with someone who isn’t our friend, even someone we might call a “base” person.
If you don’t know any “base people,” talk to your church jail or prison ministry leaders, or contact the chaplain of your local jail. There are potential pen pals who need human contact. Prisoners are rejected and disliked by society in the utmost way. What better candidates to reach with Jesus’ love?
Just because we open ourselves up to vulnerabilities by communicating with people that we may have at first despised, doesn’t mean we can’t grow from it.
This challenge is designed to reach an otherwise ignored person with love—Christ’s love. Find something in common and build a friendship. If you commit to this challenge, it will change your life!
See you in the field!
You may like to read other posts from David’s Author Reflections pages.
COMING UP: Next Friday, David shares from his Recent Research notes about persecution in the second century with “Courage in Suffering like Felicitas.” See part II of this series, “Challenge 2 That Will Change Your Life.”