Sea of Galilee at Sunrise (Has nothing to do with the blog…just wanted to share!)

He drew a circle that shut me out, heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.  But love and I had the will to win; we drew a circle that took him in.

Remember using compasses?  Sharp point on one end, short pencil on the other.  A small move of the pencil made the circle much larger.  This is important to remember.  When I preached Sunday about drawing the circle wider, most likely you thought of making sweeping changes.  However, you probably don’t need to make drastic changes.  You’re surrounded by people who need to be “let into” your circle.  They’re the people you buy gas from, the waitress who brings your water, the stylist who cuts your hair.

The problem is that your circle has been so small that you haven’t thought to include them.  You may be assuming that someone else will tell them of the hope you have in Jesus.  Don’t ever assume that.

Some of you know immediately whom you’ve shut out.  They shut you out first, you let the door close behind you and never tried to open it again.  All of a sudden the Spirit won’t leave you alone.  That’s good.  God loves you…and them…and will most likely use you in ways you never thought possible.

Have the will to win.  Don’t give up.  Make a simple goal for 2013…to see (fill in the blank) come to know Jesus Christ, walk through the waters of baptism, and into a brand new life he or she never dreamed possible!