Reclaiming Lives for God


The other day, I found myself trampling around in the woods, enjoying God’s beautiful world. Truthfully, I was looking for my golf ball which was lost in the woods. As I hunted for my ball, it was comforting to know that others evidently were as bad at golf as myself. This fact was realized since several balls of all kinds were found laying behind trees and under the leaves. These balls were reclaimed and put into play once again.

How many people are like these balls? They are lost in the woods unsure of the direction that their lives are going or lying beneath the water drowning in the cares of this world or just hidden in some tall grass. They need a Sunday School member or teacher who is willing to go ball searching. In a conference, Andy Anderson declared, “Sunday Schools are dying for lack of prospects.” The truth is there are plenty of people who really do need the Lord, but few Sunday School classes and churches that are diligently hunting for balls in the woods. There are many ways to find Sunday School prospects; but all require some effort and willingness to go ball hunting.

I have found balls of all kinds in the woods. Some are worth $6.00 a ball and others only $1.00. Some are scarred and stained. Others are almost new. Regardless, I am always thrilled to find one of any price and in any shape so that I can reclaim it for its intended purpose. Lack of known prospects is a big barrier that every Sunday School must overcome, but I am so thankful that my God can reclaim, save, and reuse anyone for his intended purpose in his Kingdom. Let’s go ball hunting…only God knows whom you will find and the impact your Sunday School can make.

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About drmarkmiller

I serve as the Sunday School, Discipleship, Small Groups Specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Convention
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