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Becoming a life source for someone

Andrew Shearman teaches this to our World Racers: “You must become a life-source for others,” he says. Lately I’ve been noticing how many people in my circle of friends and ministry partners are struggling through some deeply painful experience. Here’s a partial list based on two issues: …
By Seth Barnes

Andrew Shearman teaches this to our World Racers: “You must become a life-source for others,” he says. Lately I’ve been noticing how many people in my circle of friends and ministry partners are struggling through some deeply painful experience.

Here’s a partial list based on two issues:

  • Sue has cancer
  • Jackie has cancer
  • Jan is worried she may have cancer
  • John is in jail
  • Scott just got out of jail
  • Dan just went to jail

The list could keep going. My point is, I know a lot of people who are being drained of life. Life is flowing out of them. They need help in rediscovering hope. There are so many people like this all around us. They feel like they’re going through a desert and are thirsty for encouragement. Many older people have a deep sense of loneliness and many people need someone to believe in them.

Against this backdrop, those of us who follow Jesus, who live life in the Spirit, need to become a life-source for at least one other person. When you’re a life-source for another, you sustain them in some way. You encourage their heart; you breathe life into their dreams. You are available to counsel them or hug them.

We are conduits for the power of God. If we’re a life-source for others, his power should always be flowing out of us.

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