Words that will feed souls – not more information

By Dave Henning / August 6, 2018

“Bodies are fed by protein and carbs; souls are fed by words.  What people need from us the most is not more information.  They just need words that will feed their souls.”- John Ortberg

“Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them.”- 1 Corinthians 7:17 (NIV)

In Chapter 14 (“Find Your Mission”) of When the Game is Over, John Ortberg notes our hunger for significance serves as an indicator of who we are and why God called us.  While our need for food, air, or water runs deep, our need to know our lives counts for something even deeper.  Thus, John quips, God built us for meaning the way Porsche builds cars for speed.

Therefore, people posses the ability to make a difference.  Every interactions with another person provides the chance to create a memory or to bless someone’s life.  Most noteworthy, it’s important to look for those moments.

However, Pastor Ortberg observes, sometimes we’re tempted to view our current position / job/ situation as a barrier to our mission.  Yet. our current status defines the starting point of our mission.  Also, John points out, being significant differs from looking significant.  In fact, at times people only notice the importance of your contribution after it ceases.

In conclusion, the author asserts, your mission must start right where you are.  Otherwise, it cannot start at all.  For Jesus’ idea was that:

  • when someone began to follow Him, that person then announced and lived out the good news to everyone in his/her circle of influence
  • the gospel is good news for everybody, even those who don’t believe it

Today’s question: What words, not information, truly feed your soul?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “The quest for significance”


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