‘It’s not the closed doors that keep me coming back; it’s the doors that open’


It’s been a while since I’ve written anything beyond news releases in this space. Honestly, I’ve been trying to keep up with all that is going on across the state connected to Texas Hope 2010. It’s a great issue to have.

This afternoon, Randy Evans, pastor of First Baptist Church in Holland, shared with me that the congregation is visiting every home in its Zip Code — roughly 1,000 homes — and offering a multimedia gospel CD and a dozen homemade cookies. At each door, church members visit with residents ask if anyone in home has a prayer requests and shares some information about the church.

After church members visit homes on Saturday mornings, they come together to discuss how everything went. Each meeting shares another story of how God is working in Holland. One of the leaders said something I found profound:

“I don’t do this because of the closed doors. It’s the doors that open that keep me coming back.”

Not everyone opens their doors to strangers on Saturday mornings. But some people have and do. It’s there that God has arranged divine appointments, connecting people with common friends, interests and bonds. He uses particular people to connect with other particular people and nudge them toward God’s kingdom.

The same is true in your life and mine. I pray that the closed doors don’t get any of us down. And I pray that we recognize the doors opening before us and take advantage of them. Where is God opening doors for you to share the gospel?

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