David Marshall Kealy
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 1 Timothy 1:12
October 2, 2022 will be World Communion Sunday. A supporting church to our ministry asked me for photos that reflect people either praying together or taking communion or participating in a worship service. They will put the photos together in a slide show to be used in worship and place it on their website. It will be amazing to see the photos provided by the dozens of ministries they support.
This gave us an opportunity to share an incredible experience I had some years ago. For the first time ever the millions of Dalit people in India were invited to New Delhi to hear about other religious beliefs to encourage them to change from the oppressive hinduism that prevented them from experiencing the religious freedom they desired. I was invited as a representative of the press partly because I had a current visa to the country.
The word "Dalit " means "oppressed" or "broken" and is the name members of this group gave themselves in the 1930s. A Dalit is actually born below the caste system, which includes four primary castes: Brahmins (priests), Kshatriya (warriors and princes), Vaishya (farmers and artisans), and Shudra (tenant farmers and servants). India's Untouchables were the Dalit.
Here are two of my photos from that event when people by the hundreds of thousands heard about Jesus for the first time. One million people were invited yet the government closed the railway system entering the city. It was a mess.
This might be a time for you to be thankful for the religious freedom you enjoy. And it might be a good time to pray for those who have not jet heard the name Jesus. Might someone share their faith in the Son of God, Jesus the Messiah, Son of God.
In years past as the owner of a business I made it a practice to make sure personal communications happened. It might be a personal thank you to someone or to write to someone about something of interest to both of us that would maintain friendships. It might be to ask a favor. It might be to make an introduction to two of my friends and contacts. Usually that results in a win-win situation. It makes a day a rewarding day. And there was always a business opportunity to be explored.
One way to make this happen was to set a goal, a discipline to writing and sending five letters a week, one per work week day. Those five letters were beyond the ongoing business that needed constant attention. This came to mind the first few days of September as I considered writing this BLOG. Cleaning my email Inbox and Sent messages files is vital to work clean.
I try to keep the Box as current as possible. It serves as my TO DO LIST almost. If it is in the Inbox it keeps my attention. With the volume of my communications it is almost impossible to keep it current.
I recall a time in our early married life I worked one Christmas time at the local post office sorting mail. It was during my break from college at the main office in San Luis Obispo, California. My assignment was to sort piles and piles of incoming mail to the surrounding cities. Piles and piles of mail were placed below my feet under the slots for the cities. I would grab a bunch and place them in the alphabetically organized slots. It was almost impossible to get all of the stack below me clean. New batches arrived constantly.
Social Media is the title of this months BLOG and our email communications are more and more important in our daily lives. Seeking wisdom will guide us through the myriad of communications before us.
Here is a passage from the Bible to guide us. "But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." James 1:5 NASB
If you are struggling with a message that needs to be sent, ask God for wisdom. The verse above is a promise.
Just moments ago I asked a friend about a health issue she is dealing with. Her immediate response what to ask me to pray. She knew my relationship with God was much better than hers. She said so. It reflects my local testimony of my faith in the God we serve and more importantly reflects her knowing she needs prayer.
Let your friends know you pray. It opens doors like it did today for me. I will pray for her and it gives me a chance to followup and ask her, not just if my prayer worked but if she enjoyed comfort knowing a friend was praying for her.
1 Timothy 1:12 is a life verse that led to our creating Reaching People far from God
David M. Kealy