I've been thinking about this a great deal. Who is your Ananias? Who has God sent you to, or sent to you, that has helped you greatly in your growth? My grandparents, parents, and most of my aunts and uncles were Christians, however the greatests influences in my walk have been Christians God sent who were outside my family. There was "Dr. Prince," the minister who explained to me that despite the hatefulness of some people professing to be Christ, it is not a lie to say that Christ is loving. This dear man helped introduce me to Christ. There was "Mrs. Johnson," a Sunday School teacher, and a third grade teacher, who aided Dr. Prince in teaching me about the love of Christ. There was "Mrs Moore," my grandmother's neighbor, a widow who had done mission work in China and who had been married to the President of Hardin Simmons University. She taught me the importance of memorizing scripture, she taught me how to apply scripture to my daily life, and she taught me to witness to others. I was just a child, but she viewed every Christian as a potential Paul. There were Judy Marcum, David Doty and Joe Carrole who taught me the value of music in Christian witnessing, and who really taught me about Christian fellowship in ways most church organizations had failed. They taught me about responsiblity too. Choir and handbell rehershals might not be "convienent" but they were for God. They taught me that "whatever you do, do it for God." There was Bod Ed Shotwell who taught me how to teach and who trusted me enough to let me teach. Bob Ed let me teach in VBS, then bus ministry, then Sunday School. Slowly showing me how to hone my skills. Eventually I went into Children's Ministry. There was Mrs. Bee Bee who taught me the beauty of working with the totally unchurched, and the poor. She got me into the community center work and the soup kitchens and to working with the homeless. There were ministers: Dr. Ralph Smith, the former President of Southwestern Theological Seminary; D. L. Lowrie, former head of the SBC Home Mission Board; Chris Sutton, former professor of theology at a Baptist University. There were professors of theology and bible historians and religion professors in my life, but these men taught me how to study God's word in depth. To go back to the Greek and Hebrew, to read in context, to pray over scripture, to apply it to my life. Billy Graham, and various members of Campus Crusade for Christ - who taught me how to share the word without shame or fear. Franklin Graham - who reminded me that caring for the physical can open the door to teaching about the spiritual. These people, and many others, have really been on my heart lately, and I have to stop and thank God for bringing them into my life. Who has He brought to you? Who is your Ananias?