February 25, 2016 – ? or !

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Nice guys may appear to finish last, but usually they are running in a different race.” –Ken Blanchard

Question marks and exclamation points. One accentuates doubt, the other assurance. One causes us to guess, the other to be assertive. There’s a pretty big difference between the two, especially when you are sending a text message to a friend in need.

Not long ago I sent a private message to a discouraged pastor. He had been going through a difficult season at his church and with his family. At the end of the text, I wrote, “I am here for you if you anything?” It should have read, “I am here for you if you need anything!”

After I sent the first message I immediately realized I needed to change the punctuation from a question mark to an exclamation point. However, the mishap did make me stop and consider what I just typed out. Did I really mean it? Could my friend depend on me? Was I really accessible to him or was the message just words on a screen?

Too often we have question marks where exclamation points are needed. Is it possible that we offer our help, our assistance, our affection, and even our prayers in unreliable and ambiguous ways? There are many people around you today that need to see the exclamation point. Do you want your life to be a question? Or do you want your life to make a difference!

Daily Reading: Numbers 33-34

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