Saturday, September 2, 2017

Book Review: 'Just a Minute' by Wess Stafford

"Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren," -- Deuteronomy 4:9 (NKJV)

I've been a Compassion International sponsor for about six years. It's been a rewarding experience. When I read about this book, I assumed that it would be oriented towards such sponsorships. Then, just before I started the book, I heard Dr. Stafford teach at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, based on the book. It was an eye-opener . . . and the book is even better.

The book's basic point is that children can be positively or negatively affected for life by interactions with adults that often last less than a minute . . . and rarely extend past ten minutes. From such experiences, children develop a sense of safety . . . or threat, self-worth . . . or dejection, good . . . or bad character, a sense of their talent . . . or discouragement from living their dreams, inspiration . . . or put down, imagination . . . or shutting of the mind, finding . . . or rejecting a calling, and a role model . . . or something to avoid doing.

The stories are wonderful, and Dr. Stafford encourages you to remember your own similar experiences. In the conclusion, he suggests steps for becoming more of a proactive force to encourage youngsters . . . and those who are helping them.

It's easy to underestimate your own ability to be a positive influence. Pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit each day . . . so that you'll know how to make the right impression on the right child . . . or child encourager. It will improve your day.

I have tried to follow the book's advice over the last few days, and I have to say I've never had do much fun.

And I also have some good ideas for what to write about to my sponsored children.

Praise God for this book . . . and Dr. Stafford . . . and Compassion International!

Editor's note: This review has been published with the permission of Donald Mitchell. Like what you read? Subscribe to the SFRB's free daily email notice so you can be up-to-date on our latest articles. Scroll up this page to the sign-up field on your right.

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