A Bother…and a Joy – A Good Heart, But…
Max’s beer-drinking, girl-chasing lifestyle was as barren as the West Texas land he grew up in.
Then he encountered Jesus through a required Bible course at Abilene Christian University. He abruptly shifted from law studies to missions preparation.
After five years in Brazil with his wife, Denalyn, he returned to pastor in the U.S. A collection of storytelling columns written for a church newsletter formed his first book in a long string of best-sellers.
Max is pulpit minister of the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio.
What He Said…A Good Heart, But …
(Scene—Sunday a.m. assembly; silent prayer)
Max: God, I want to do great things.
God: You do?
Max: You bet! I want to teach millions! I want to fill the Rose Bowl! I want all the world to know Your saving power! I dream of the day …
God: That’s great, Max. In fact, I can use you today after church.
Max: Super! How about some radio and television work or—or—or an engagement to speak to Congress?
God: Well, that’s not exactly what I had in mind. See that fellow sitting next to you?
God: He needs a ride home.
Max (quietly): What?
God: He needs a ride home. And while you’re at it, one of the older ladies sitting near you is worried about getting a refrigerator moved. Why not drop by this afternoon and …
Max (pleading): But, God, what about the world?
God (smiling): Think about it.
Adapted from Shaped by God (Tyndale, 1985)
Prayer for the Week: Lord, help me break loose from my usual schedule enough to savor serving someone else.