Whether you are a long-time or more recent subscriber, I want to thank you for taking the time each week to read these thoughts and meditations. “Reflections on a Higher Call” goes out across the nation and overseas to professional men and women who care about demonstrating genuine faith, integrity and excellence at work. I am always greatly encouraged by the e-mails and letters from our subscribers. One in particular, from earlier this year, reminded me of why we do this:
When I receive the “higher call” emails I send them around to folks in the company and we usually have an email discussion. The higher call email related to taking responsibility, convicted not only me but several others in the company, and after that specific email we had a Monday morning meeting where we were all trying to take responsibility for a challenging project. Keep up the good work, you reach people in ways you probably can’t imagine.
Tim (from Texas)
I appreciate two particular things about that note. First, Tim and his associates didn’t just read the Reflection as a philosophical meditation. Instead, they actually applied it to their current situation. Second, Tim forwards the reflections to his coworkers, which has stimulated discussions that go beyond just business. Friends like Tim challenge themselves–and others–to reach for a higher standard. Jesus laid this out in a sermon recorded in Matthew 5: 14-16: “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
I have received similar notes and comments from many others who pass on the Reflections as a bridge to spiritual conversations with people they encounter at work and in the community. It’s impossible to know for sure, but if only 10% of our readership forward their Reflections to others, then hundreds of unnamed readers are gaining spiritual encouragement every week. Imagine if each subscriber forwarded their Higher Call devotional to at least one other person.
Another way to share your faith is to purchase my recent book Reflections on a Higher Call (a collection of 50 past favorites with discussion questions) for your customers, clients or co-workers. Until Friday (12/20), we are offering volume discounts and free shipping (act fast or it may be a New Year gift)! Look for our Christmas special at https://www.highercallministries.org/books/
As 2012 winds down, we give thanks for your partnership, your prayers and your financial support. We made a lot of changes this year and with your help we provided more resources and regional events than ever before, without charging a fee. Our mission for 2013 is to multiply a Christ-centered outreach to the American and global marketplace. You may partner in this kingdom-venture with a monthly or year-end contribution of any amount by using this online link https://www.highercallministries.org/donate/ or you may mail a check written to “Higher Call” to: Higher Call, P.O. Box 680338, Franklin, TN 37068. We also have a place for prayer requests on our website and invite you to share them with our team of intercessors.
Celebrating His grace in the Nativity,
“You don’t pay love back. You pay it forward.”
Lily Hardy Hammond, In the Garden of Delight (1916)