Six words

By Dave Henning / July 25, 2015

“See, I have place before you an open door that no one can shut.  I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”- Revelation 3:8

John Ortberg’s latest book is titled All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?  Pastor Ortberg begins Chapter 1 with this question: If you had to summarize your life in six words, what would they be?  The six-word limitation challenges us to focus on what matters most, to briefly capture something of significance.  John reports that Winston Churchill once sent back a desert pudding because “it lacked a theme.”

None of us want our life to be like Churchill’s pudding.  Yet we aren’t the authors or the pawns of our life stories.  We have an unseen Partner- God.  One of the pictures of God-inspired opportunity sprinkled across Scripture is that of an open door.  Although the image of a door can mean safety, hiddenness, rejection, or rest, in Scripture an open door is symbolic of boundless opportunities, as John defines:

“An open door is an opportunity provided by God to act with God and for God.”

An open door means the possibility of being useful to God.  God’s offer of an open door, and our response to it, comprise the subject of this book.

Today’s question: How would you describe your life in six words?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Remember the resurrection”

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Dave Henning


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