A university professor tells of being invited to speak at a military base one December and there meeting an unforgettable soldier named Ralph. Ralph had been sent to meet him at the airport. After they had introduced themselves, they headed toward the baggage claim. As they walked down the concourse, Ralph kept disappearing. Once to help an older woman whose suitcase had fallen open. Once to lift two toddlers up to where they could see Santa Claus, again to give directions to someone who was lost. Each time he came back with a smile on his face.
“Where did you learn that?” the professor asked.
“What?” Ralph said.
“Where did you learn to live like that?”
“Oh,” Ralph said, “during the war, I guess.” He then told the professor about his tour of duty in Vietnam, how it was his job to clear minefields, how he watched his friends blow up before his eyes, one after another.
“I learned to live between steps,” he said. “I never knew whether the next one would be my last, so I learned to get everything I could out of the moment between when I picked up my foot and when I put it down again. Every step I took was a whole new world, and I guess I’ve been that way ever since.”
There can be a lot of life to live between steps when we slow down enough to look around. GCRC will help your people do just that. Daily appointments, activities and conversations can occur between steps and bring us face to face with people and the lives they live and the things they struggle with. They want answers, they long for hope and those answers and that hope will only be found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Contact your Regional State Missionary to learn more about how your church can flourish as a Great Commission Resource Center. The abundance of our lives is not determined by how long we live, but by how well we live.