The Impact of Yes

Leigh A. Russell


It's the first Sunday of our Lenten journey, and I wanted to send you what I was reading and praying through.

Today's reading is from Leigh. She serves in one of our affiliated pregnancy centers and her story reminds us of what God can do with the simple offering of a "yes" to His prompting.

I hope you enjoy it.

Roland C. Warren


The Impact of Yes

Leigh A. Russell

"You didn't choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. This is my command: Love each other." John 15: 16-17 (NLT)

Jeff had every reason not to volunteer as the new General Manager at our pregnancy center. With a daughter at home facing learning disabilities, why should he further complicate his life with a position that would involve tons of responsibility but no pay? No one would have been angry if he had said, "No." No one would have blamed him.

But Jeff said, "Yes."

Jeff said, "Yes," to dealing with declining donations, sagging staff spirits, and working without wages. Following his lead, the staff said, "Yes," to loving God and loving His children.

Morale improved, and volunteers said, "Yes," to changing schedules and greater commitment. Donors saw the effort, and said, "Yes," to funding the ministry. Clients felt loved, and many said, "Yes," to life for their unborn babies.

It is easy to think one choice doesn't make a difference. It is easy to choose preserving self over protecting others, profit over sacrifice, and talk over walk. But one choice ripples outward, inspiring even more to say "yes" to God's leading. One choice can impact eternity. What choice does God want you to make?


Father, we pray that today, as we say, "Yes," to Your plan for us, Your love will be multiplied through our obedience, and that through us, You will produce fruit in the lives of others.


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