Today I am remembering my friend Don Polston. He was a fierce follower of Jesus whose words and influence helped shape my early days as a Christ-follower. One of my favorite memories of Don is how he could lift people up and cause them to stand a little taller. With a edifying word or simple touch, he could raise people’s spirits.

Whenever I am reading about Elijah or Elisha I think about Don. For instance, in the Old Testament book of 2 Kings there is an amazing moment recorded. It starts simple enough, “Elisha died and was buried.” (2 Kings 13:20) But check out what happens next.

“Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders, so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood on his feet.” (2 Kings 13:21)

I want to live like that. I want to live in a way that even after my bones are all that is left – the influence of my life will linger and bring life to others. So, as my friend David Drury said, “Today I am going to start being the kind of person I want to be someday.” Today is a day for new beginnings.

What about you?

It’s easier than we imagine. We could start with our words. Resolve with God’s help to speak or post only positive, affirming, life-giving words for the next 7 days. Then watch, as the influence of your life increases. Who knows but what your words might give life to someone.

Even though it has been more than 20 years since I have seen Don, I can still hear many of the words he spoke to me. My most favorite are these, “I love you.” Thanks Don, your life is life to me. And I know it is because the risen Jesus lived in you …

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Bob McHenry

Pastor Bob is a dedicated pastor with a passion to share the love of God with neighbors and around the world. The verse that has guided and shaped his call to ministry is Psalm 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

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