Here’s an amazing story: A doctor saves the life of a baby, only to have the favor returned 30 years later.

According to a March 31, 2015, story in the Sydney Morning Herald, pediatrician Dr. Michael Shannon worked around the clock to save the life of a premature baby. Thirty years later, Dr. Shannon was in an accident and was pinned inside a burning vehicle. One of the rescue workers who helped free him was paramedic Chris Trokey.

The news story reports: “When Trokey visited the hospital where Dr. Shannon spent 45 days recovering from internal injuries, he realized the man he had helped save was the man who had given him the gift of life 30 years earlier.

“Trokey is now father to a son, and—you guessed it—Dr. Shannon is the boy’s pediatrician.”

It’s a reminder that our actions have far-reaching implications, and we don’t know how those acts may resonate through the years. As you serve faithfully today, who knows how God may use your actions to touch lives far away and many years from now.

May God use your actions and your words to touch lives this week!

Michael Duduit

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Michael Duduit is the founding publisher and editor of Preaching magazine. He is also the founding Dean of the new College of Christian Studies and Professor of Christian Ministry at Anderson University in Anderson, South Carolina. Michael is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Contemporary Preaching (Broadman & Holman Press), Joy in Ministry (Baker Books), Preaching With Power (Baker) and Communicate With Power (Baker). From 1996 until 2000 he served as editor of the Abingdon Preaching Annual series. His email newsletter, PreachingNow, is read each week by more than 40,000 pastors and church leaders in the U.S. and around the world. He is founder and director of the National Conference on Preaching and the International Congress on Preaching, which has been held in 1997 at Westminster Chapel in London, 2002 at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and 2007at Cambridge. He has been a pastor and associate pastor, has served a number of churches as interim pastor, and speaks regularly for churches, colleges and conferences.

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