Two different stories were told: (1) about a failure in Anderson's high school days to be Christ towards a neglected student who needed it, and (2) the success of his wife in reaching out to a disabled person at the YMCA. As I sat there, I was struck with the amount of opportunities I encounter each and every day to be a source of light and encouragement to people. I also realized how often I fail to do so. Warren gave the following acronym during his message:
Believe universally the best about another (Phil. 2:3)
Unlock regularly the fortress of your schedule (Luke 10:25-37)
Invite occasionally someone that needs encouragement into your life (Matt. 25:40)
Look purposely for creative ways to bless others (Matt. 10:42)
Deliver weekly a message of encouragement (Gal. 6:10)
I have been doing a whole lot of writing and thinking about our social responsibilities as believers in Christ, and Warren gave some very practical steps to live those out. It is another needed slap-in-the-face to realize how binding our schedules and time are, and how pervasively they prevent us from unlocking, inviting, looking, and delivering. I close with Hebrews 10:23-25:
Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.