Kate said offer.
You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink.
Remember, I’m older than you and think of all the old-time sayings. I grew up hearing these things and one’s internal computer keeps them filed for times like these.
Jesus offered Sam the Living Water at the well in Samaria. I hope you remember the story because we don’t have time today. You could read it here.
Sam at the well with Jesus is one of my most favorite Gospel stories. What I love about it are the logistics. Samaria was full of Samaritans – a group of people considered “less than.” It was that place “on the other side of the tracks.”
HE had to go
He told His disciples “He had need to go.”
Because you see, He had an offer to make to our girlfriend, Sam. (I named her, the gospels do not.)
Sam took Jesus up on His offer and it completely changed her life. But there are times we read when folks did not take Jesus’ offer and they went away sad.
Make the offer
I am not a conventional medicine person. I love learning about non-conventional methods and preventative measures. I want everyone to know about them yet not everyone appreciates the offer. So I offer anyway.
Because Jesus did. He offered.
You can offer a person truth, but you cannot make them accept it.
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I love this, Susan! And I so identify with our friend, Sam. These days, as I am less physically able to do and go, it is harder to not feel “less than,” but I praise the Lord that He meets me exactly in those places. He HAS to come to me — it’s His very nature — and He OFFERS me opportunities to serve and to grow in the “less than” areas and I’m really excited to see what grows from them!
Shelby, Jesus hung out with them, with us!!! The less-than’s. You want a big dose of encouragement? Read about Mephibosheth (spelling)….man it will make you do the happy dance.
Peggy Occhiuzzo says
Follows right along with my new thing: Salt and Light! Offer it anyway!
Love you Sister.
Offer it anyway.
Nancy Silvers says
Loved this-Jesus offers it up to us to receive the gift. We offer solutions that work for us and it is up to others to decide if it is for them. It’s all about the offer and our choice. Sam chose to receive the gift and many due to her testimony.
Exactly, Nancy. We offer. It’s like sowing – watering – but only God can bring the harvest. YES, LORD.
“You can offer a person truth, but you cannot make them accept it”. Isn’t that the truth?!
It truly is.
Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says
All that I have to offer
and all you’re going to get
is the tale of a life of laughter
and blood and toil and sweat.
Churchill had included ‘tears’
in that oft-quoted phrase
but I’ve banished sorrow and fears
from these last glorious days.
And truly, they are the best
of all the times I’ve had.
Cancer put me to the test,
and in passing, I am glad.
I’ve learned to know each point in time,
and, with God, to make it shine.
Another poem “just for moi?”
Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says
Yes, Susan, just for you.
Flattered and graced. xo
Diane McElwain says
One of my favorite Bible stories. Thanks for the post. Coming from FMF.
Oh I love Sam from Samaria, at the deep well with Living Water!
For sure, not everyone appreciates all we want to offer. I can easily see that in some things (opinions on essential oils, for example) but then I am offended when they refuse Bible truths or my desire to share a testimony. I’ll remember…share anyways. Thanks!!
YES! Offer anyway!
I love that you gave Sam a name!
Offer anyways indeed!
I’ve always called her Sam of Samaria!!!!
Kindred! Love you so!
And, vice versa.
Karen Sebastian-Wirth says
I love the story of Samantha AKA Sam. Love the insights you get to share on Fridays, my dear friend. I am finishing up my 28 day challenge and have used the last few Fridays to do that.
As the ol’ saying goes: “It’s better to kill two birds with one stone.”
That is also like your ol’ saying about the thirsty horses. LOL!
Oh those old sayings.
Great reflection! I didn’t know the horse saying was considered an old saying. I often think about it when I’m trying to get my kids to eat dinner…
Katherine, it’s been around a while!!! BUT, it makes its point!
Thankful that you constantly offer truth and hope. May we all continue to offer that truth. Blessings and love to you! xo
Yes! Offer anyway!
Stephanie Thompson says
All too often we analyze our way out of following the lead of the Holy Spirit. I am reminded of a little boy in the nursery at church who offered up to me candy hearts. No filtered response. Just a genuine reflection of God’s character.
Steph, you are exactly right. Offer anyway!!!