Last week, my wife Dawn and I went to a Chris Tomlin concert. It was amazing, to say the least. If Barry Manilow writes the songs that make whole world sing (???) Chris Tomlin writes the songs that make the whole world worship. This is the guy who took the most famous song in the world and made it better (admit it, you can’t sing Amazing Grace without singing “My chains are gone…” either). But this time it wasn’t the show of the music that blew me away. It was the cause.

You see Chris is partnering with an organization called Cure International. These folks I’ve life-changing surgeries to poor children all over the world. The things they do are amazing and they do them in the name of Christ. I’m not ashamed to admit, I began to weep watching the video clips. This is an organization that could use your support. I also have a friend who is a surgeon who files half way around the world each year to do something similar with a different organization, not just doing operations but training Doctors over there to do these same kinds of things. This is the Lord’s work and one more evidence that there is a lot more to ministry than preaching, playing and singing.

What strikes me is this: If a guy like Chris Tomlin with a huge platform can use his gifts to advance a cause, what can we do with ours. Admittedly we don’t have a platform that large but we do have something. How could you let the people who follow you know about something that you’re passionate about? There is a world full of people in need and who knows maybe you have received your gift “for such a time as this?”

How can you use your gift to generate awareness of a desperate need?

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