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In the season of New Year's resolutions, find a way to lead by example and serve the way Jesus did

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Tollie RogersWe have made it to the second week of January! How are your New Year's Resolutions going? Have you broken any of them yet?

As we begin the year 2020, I feel it appropriate to say that this would be a good year to get some things into focus (pun intended). Jesus calls us to "…make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Teaching these new disciples to obey all commands I have given you…" (Matthew 28:18-20).

As we teach these new disciples the commands that Jesus has given us, we need to show them how to be the hands and feed of Jesus. What I mean by that is we need to be leading by example. We lead by example when it comes to learning about Jesus and becoming more like Jesus each and every day.

While not one of us is perfect and we all fall short of where we should be, we still do the best we can. Some of the ways we can be doing this is by serving in the local church. I don't care what church you go to. I am sure that if you were to go and talk to you pastor and say, "Where can I help?" it would not take long for you to get plugged into a ministry that is serving people.

And that is what I want to challenge you with this year. Find a place to serve. It may be in your local church or it may be in one of the other organizations here in Prineville. But I want to challenge you to make just one more resolution this year and that is to serve somewhere. Become the hands and feet of Jesus and share his love and grace though your service this year. Touch someone's life, make an eternal impact on them. Show them who Jesus is by what you do.

I have had the opportunity this past year of being a fatherhood coach at the Pregnancy Resource Center. I have found that this is a great way to make a lifelong impact on not only the dads that come through the program but also the mothers and the relationships that they have with the dads. That is going to make impacts on the kids as they grow up. It is so rewarding to see lives change for the better.

Prineville has many organizations like that where you can take time to impact people's lives. Redemption House is another one that someone could serve in to make life-changing impacts. Or maybe at St. Vincent's working with their food pantry program. Maybe it is just going to the library and offering to help there. I just want to challenge you to get out and serve people this year. Maybe you find something special you can do for someone once a month or maybe even once a week. Whatever it is do it in the name of Jesus and let them see Jesus through your actions and attitudes of love and service. 2020 is going to be a great year and I am looking forward to seeing what God has in store for each of us. God Bless!

Tollie Rogers is the pastor at Ascent Christian Church. He can be reached at 541-362-1025.


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