Every now and then preachers get opportunities to speak at other congregations. Many congregations in our area have "Summer Series" where they have visiting speakers each Wednesday night. I have had the opportunity to speak at a few of these each summer. Sometimes there are responses, other times just comments after the lesson. Recently, I received a card in the mail a few days later. I want to share what this sister in Christ wrote.
"Scott, Thank you for being a part of our summer series, I'm not sure I want to thank you for your lesson on 2nd Mile. The face I see in the mirror is not what God sees. I'm afraid He is very disappointed in my actions as His servant. But you are so right - we have to go the 1st mile before we can go beyond to the 2nd mile.
Love You, (name withheld)"
What stood out to me was this dear sister's honesty. I must confess, while developing the lesson on Going the Second Mile, that she references and even while preaching it, I was and am completely aware of my own short-comings in the area of Second Mile service.
How are you at going on to and through the second mile?