In the 1700s, an English cobbler kept a map of the world on his workshop wall so that he might be reminded to pray for the nations of the world. As the result of such prayer, he became especially burdened for a specific missionary outreach. He shared this burden at a meeting of ministers, but was told by a senior minister, “Young man, sit down. When God wants to convert the heathen, He will do it without your help or mine.”
The cobbler, William Carey, did not let this man’s remarks put out the flame of his concern. When he couldn’t find others to support the missionary cause that had burdened his soul, he became a missionary himself. His pioneering efforts in India are legendary, with many recorded mighty exploits for God.
Be careful how you respond to the enthusiasm of others, hat you don’t dampen a zeal for God. Be cautious in how you respond to the new ideas of another, that you don’t quench God-given creativity.
Be generous and kind in evaluating the work of others, so that you might encourage those things which are worthy. Be slow to judge and quick to praise. And, pray for the same in your own life!