50 People Every Christian Should Know. How’s that for the fascinating title of a book? This book, authored by Warren Wiersbe, sounded like it may be a “who’s who” of Christianity. Interested, I looked at the table of contents online. Ten of the names were familiar to me: Matthew Henry, George Whitefield, Fanny Crosby, J. Hudson Taylor, Charles H. Spurgeon,PhillipsBrooks, Dwight L. Moody, Amy Carmichael, Oswald Chambers and A.W. Tozer. But, then I realized that I was familiar with only 20% of those listed. There were 40 more that I knew nothing about and apparently should know. (At least according to Wiersbe I should know them. He’s a good author, I feel I can trust his opinion.) So, I’ve ordered this book as my first read for the winter.
50 People Every Christian Should Know. I know that my name will never make any list like this. If you’d bump the number up to 5,000,000 or 500,000,000 I still wouldn’t make the list. Could be kind of depressing, huh? But really, the only list, the only book I’m interested in being included in is the one John wrote about in his Revelation: the Lamb’s book of life. As long as God knows my name, I can live (and die and live again) with that! However, just like almost everyone else, I want my life to make a difference in this world.
Speaking of books, recently Abby gave me a little book of prayers called When I’m on My Knees by Anita Corrine Donihue. I have been reading these prayers at various times, choosing each one randomly. But I keep coming back to one little prayer that has touched me deeply ever since I first read it. Let me share it with you:
“I know not what each day holds, or what time I have left to serve. This I do know, dear Lord, I want to leave my mark for You.
Help me make every day count. Remind me to lay aside my own wants, to be willingly inconvenienced and used for You. Let me not put anything before You, no matter how good it seems. Help me shed bad habits that slow me down from doing Your will.
I can only leave my mark for You by replacing idle time with purposeful movement. When I rest, I open my heart that You may fill me with Your strength and spirit.
Teach me to let go of yesterday, live fully today, and look with excitement toward tomorrow. I am awed as I daily come to know You more. I feel You shower love upon me like a refreshing summer rain.
Even though I am unworthy, I long to reach the end of life’s journey and see You face-to-face. In the meantime, Lord, may I use each day, each hour, each moment to leave my mark for You. Amen.”