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Pass Your Wisdom

You and I are supposed to be passing wisdom to each other... Here's the good news - every one of you can do that! Every one of you has the potential to pass on wisdom: To help someone grow, to help inspire someone, to champion someone add value to their life. Every one of you has that potential!

I know what some of you are thinking... You are thinking, "But I'm not that wise!" Well, let me tell you about Jose.

Once a month we take a group from Crestview down to the Soup Kitchen. It's a great ministry. Austin Baptist Chapel (aka the Soup Kitchen) serves lunch 365 days a year to on average about 300 people a day. Most of the helpers are volunteers, but a few on the guests have become regulars and get offered to work there over time.

One such guy is Jose. Jose is hard to understand. His accent is really strong, and his humor is rough, so the combination usually gets him ignored. Jose has one of the toughest jobs at the Soup Kitchen: he passes out tickets to the guests. Each person coming through the door and then later leaving passes right by Jose. Sometime last year, I started noticing that Jose would have a saying or a word of encouragement each day; he would usually try to tell us this word of encouragement - and again, because of his thick accent, it's lost - but then I noticed something amazing. Every person that passes by him, usually as they leave the Soup Kitchen, gets his piece of advice. He passes his word of encouragement along to anyone that will listen. His job is to hand out tickets, but what he really hands out is much, much more valuable - he hands out hope, encouragement, and wisdom.

If Jose can do it - so can you. The key is to find someone to mentor, someone to encourage, someone to share with. You say, "But Pastor, I don't have anyone" I say - "You just aren't looking!" I promise you, that if you are a believer, and God is at work in you, then there is someone that you can pass on your wisdom to.

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