Tune in to those around you

Jeremy was a new college student learning to live on his own and become his own man. Being part of the selfie generation, the stereotype would be that he would be too self-absorbed to notice or understand what was going on around him. Being a follower of Christ, allows Jeremy to break all of the stereotypes and to be more in tune with those around him.

Jeremy has made a number of friends during his time in college. One of those friends is Sara. For college students, mid-terms and finals tend to be the busiest and craziest times of the semester. In this case, mid-terms were coming up which naturally introduces a higher level of stress into the college students’ life.  As Jeremy was hanging out with his friends, he noticed a change in Sara’s demeanor. Her thoughts were more scattered and she was not her normal bubbly self. The first time this happened, it just felt like a tough day. However, Jeremy was able to tune into his friend and realized something was up. So he made a point to ask her and she admitted she was stressing out over her upcoming exams. Jeremy made sure to pray for her right there.

A few days later Jeremy called Sara up, knowing she was going to be studying all day, and asked her what her favorite coffee drink was. He then proceeded to walk to the other side of campus to get Sara her favorite drink and hand deliver it to her. She was so thankful for Jeremy’s thoughtfulness and being aware enough to engage in her life when she needed a friend. Jeremy could have easily missed the signs if he was not in tune with those around him. Instead, he broke the mold and showed what a selfless generation looks like. A generation who put their faith into actions will show the world the love of Christ.

Action for the day

Today, ask Jesus to allow you to tune into those around you. Be aware of others moods, behaviors, actions and words that may be different then their normal self. Listen and observe those you know for any sign that something is different about them. Then do something that will bless them and show them Jesus is thinking about them.

Prayer for the day

Father God, sometimes it is hard to pay attention to those around me and be aware of their moods. Sometimes my own life and challenges prevent me from noticing the little things of those closest to me. Today Lord, open my eyes to see those around me. Allow me to tune into their feelings and moods. Let me see with Your eyes and feel with Your heart. Prompt me to engage and listen to them. Let me show my friends and family how much You love them by sending me to encourage them.  I ask this in the powerful name of Jesus. Amen.

DNA Test

In John 2:18-19, Jesus has just cleared the temple of the money lenders by releasing His righteous anger. In disbelief, the crowd at the temple look at each other and a brave person asks, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?” The people are asking Jesus who he was. It would be like asking a man if he was really the daddy to his children. Of course, the man could show them a DNA test or just look at the facial features and see the similarities.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are a new creation. Paul says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV). In essence, we get new DNA from God. This new DNA transforms us into sons and daughters, as God did not want to leave us as orphans (John 14:18). Because we are new creations with different DNA, we look like Jesus. People begin to expect us to act like Him as well. The DNA inside us start to shine, the more we allow Holy Spirit to shine through us. This in turns draws people to you as they are attracted to Jesus, even if they do not realize why.

Nick was approached by a person who needed a ride home. The man was attracted to Jesus in Nick. Nick could have made an excuse not to help. He could have said he was already late or he was going in an opposite direction. Instead, Nick traveled down a road less travelled and help the man. Because Nick had agreed to help, it was much easier for him to share Jesus with the man and gave him tangible evidence that Jesus was real.

Jeremy had just moved for his fourth time during high school. As the new kid, he was not known by anyone. While the other students did not know Jeremy, they saw the image of Christ in him. Jake had met Jeremy and was in a couple of his classes, but really did not know him. When Jake needed someone to listen and pray with him, he sought out Jeremy. He didn’t know why, except he was drawn to Jesus and felt like Jeremy would be a safe place to get council and advice. We can all let our new DNA shine through to those around us. When we do, just watch how others are drawn to you, which opens the door for you to share the love of Jesus.

Action for the day

Today, choose to live like Jesus. Ask Holy Spirit to be evident in your life. Wherever you go, be sure to have the mind of Christ and interact with others the way Jesus would. Make sure the Fruit of the Spirit are evident today. The fruit are: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Let these be the guide as you go about your day.

Prayer for the day

Today Lord allow me to reveal Your fruit of my life. Let me live out love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control in a tangible way that draws others to you. Let me join You in the work You are doing and draw others to me. Reveal what actions I should take to demonstrate Your love. Let Your DNA in me be evident to anyone who is in need of You. Let me be your hands, feet and voice. Thank you for being my daddy. I love you and ask for these things in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Faith in Motion

Let me ask you a question. Are you at REST with your faith? Not at peace. Not comfortable with your faith. But is your faith resting.

Newton’s First Law of Motion states (and I am paraphrasing a bit) that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless some outside force acts on it.

Lets restate that and substitute faith with body.

Faith at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it, and Faith in motion will remain in motion unless some outside force acts on it.

So I ask you again. Are you at REST with your faith? Is your faith motionless? Has some outside force acted upon your faith to keep you from sharing it and having a positive influence on the bodies around you? Or is your faith fully in MOTION and being that unbalanced force that is acting on others to accelerate their own faith?

I am going to be honest. Too many Christians today are at rest with their faith. They are content to have it only activated on Sunday. I have fallen into that category and the only way to snap out of it is to allow Jesus, the unbalanced outside force to get us accelerated again.

I get it. I know it can take a tremendous amount of force to get a body from a resting position into motion.

  • It takes 7.2 million pounds of thrust to get the space shuttle from a resting position on the launch pad to full motion in order to break out of the atmosphere. The primary force working against the space shuttle is gravity. It is the force that is trying to keep the space shuttle at rest. Gravity weighs us down and keeps us from moving. Anytime we are carry the weight of the world, we are slowed down by gravity. Gravity can keep us at rest.
  • Now your car requires 8,000 pounds of thrust to get to moving to a speed of 60mph. While gravity doesn’t play a big part in keeping your car from moving, friction is the force that prevents a car from moving. Friction is the force that works against any object in motion. Any time we are stopped by some barrier we are being impacted by friction. The enemy loves to use friction to slow us down and get our faith to a resting position.
  • The acceleration required for Usain Bolt to get his world record race was 9.5 meters per second squared. This is equivalent of accelerating from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds. Which is faster than the 2017 Chevy Corvett, Ferarri and Porche 911. While gravity and friction have some impact. The force that predominantly opposes a sprinter is his/her own personal will. Here we have an amazing athlete who’s will is the primary resistance to his motion. When he hears the starter gun, he must will himself into motion faster than anyone in history. Anytime we don’t have the motivation, drive, passion or dedication to get ourselves moving, we are impacted by our own will.

What about you? What is keeping you from putting your faith in motion? Are you carrying too much baggage and letting the weight of its graving keep you motionless? Are you allowing life and its challenges to be the friction that slows you down? Are you just so worn down and tired that you don’t have the energy to will yourself into motion anymore? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone. The church is full of tired, heavy laden and beaten down Christians. How do I know? If Christians were fully in motion and active in their faith, the US and the world look different? Think about it this way. 75% of Americans identify themselves as Christians. With such overwhelming majority, why is it that our country is in the shape it is in?

We need to accelerate out of our resting position so we can shatter sound barriers, break through the atmosphere and change the atmosphere!  The church must be fully alive for Christ to get our faith in motion. Make a commitment today to give Jesus the things that weigh you down like gravity. Today, let Christ take care of the issues that are friction to your faith. Let Him renew your soul and will yourself into motion. Through Jesus, all things are possible if you let Him be that unequal force that propels you from your resting position.

Heartbeat of God

I have always found it interesting that we are made in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26). This means that God would have similar appearance as man or woman. But I have also wondered if it means He has internal organs like we do. Does God have lungs, a liver, a stomach? Does He have a heart like ours? We know David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22), however is our heart fashioned after God’s heart?

We know the normal resting heart rate for an average person at an average age is between 60 and 100 beats per minute. In contrast, the humming bird hearts can beat as fast as 1,260 beats per minute. The heartbeat of God is more complex than a physical beating. It gets to what He is passionate about. If we align our heartbeat with His, then we will start to see and feel the world differently. In Luke 19:10, Jesus gives us a picture of what gets His heart beating. He said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” His greatest desire is to see every one of His children to know Him and have a relationship with Him. When we allow our heart to beat like Jesus’s, then we find the courage to do the things He would do.

Noelle and her family made a family budget at Christmas to make sure they did not overspend. After they had completed their purchases for the season, they realized they still had some money left over. Instead of absorbing it back into their overall budget, they felt led to give it away. So they split it up between the family members asked their children to pray about where God wanted this money to go. They wanted this offering to be Holy Spirit led and given away when they saw an opportunity to give it to a stranger. One day, Noelle and her ten-year-old were at a fast food restaurant. Her daughter saw a man sitting in a corner and wondered what he was doing. He was disheveled and was most likely homeless. When they approached the man, Noelle noticed he was making lemonade out of the free water, lemon packets and sugar. Her daughter felt the stirring of the Spirit and told her mom she wanted to give her designated money to this man. The gesture moved the man to tears as he felt the love of Jesus and in that moment Noelle’s daughter was perfectly aligned with the heartbeat of God.

Action for the day

Today, align your heartbeat with God’s and look for an opportunity to give someone hope. Maybe it is helping someone who is homeless. Maybe it is paying for someone’s meal or coffee. Maybe it is giving an extra tip to a waiter or waitress and let them know God sees them. Maybe it is helping a mother of a crying baby at the store.  Be open to the opportunity the Holy Spirit puts before you.

Prayer for the day

Father, thank you that you did not leave us with a heart of stone, but you gave us a heart of flesh that can beat with the same rhythm as Jesus. Show me today who your heart is beating for and reveal what I can do to be aligned with Your heartbeat. Let me be a person after Your own heart, just like David. Open up the door of opportunity so I can step through and share your love with a hurting world. It is in Your name Jesus, the name above all names that I pray this. Amen.

Time for Reconciliation

There has always been division in humanity. Ever since Cain and Abel we have seen jealousy, fear, envy, distrust and misunderstanding. People have always had prejudices, which means pre-judge or to form an opinion that is not based on fact. Sometimes it is an unconscious bias against a person, race, or gender. It does not help that the media loves to stereotype people and people groups. None of this is new. In Galatians 3:28 is says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Even two thousand years ago people were labeled by race, gender and class.

When I was ten, we moved from Mexico to New Jersey. As a third culture kid and new to a small community, I stood out like a sore thumb. I tried my best to fit in, but the US culture was foreign to me. I had a number of misunderstandings with other kids, mostly because I really did not know any better. Somehow, one of the boys I had made an enemy of was the playground bully. He was also a third culture kid as he was originally from Puerto Rico. He called me out to a fight one day after class. I had no interest in fighting him and had no idea why he wanted to beat me up. I was much more interested in being his friend since I understood him more than the kids who had only lived in one place all of their lives.

As I walked home that day, a group of kids had gathered to watch the beat down. I had made up my mind to talk some sense into Nelson. When I approached him, I asked him why he was mad at me. He said I had called his mother a name. Besides not knowing what the name was, I denied ever saying anything about him or his mother. Apparently someone just wanted me to get beat up. Unfortunately, since a crowd had gathered, Nelson needed to do something to keep his reputation intact, even though he believed me. Choosing not to get a black eye, I decided to duck and run. Nelson landed a blow on my back as the crowd cheered and heckled me as I ran away.

The next day I approached Nelson to let him know that I had not said anything derogatory against his mother. It was not who I was. We talked for a bit and eventually reconciled our differences. We became really good friends for the next couple of years while I lived in the community. If I had not sought to reconcile with Nelson, I would have missed out on a friendship. While God does call us to reconcile with each other (Matthew 5:23-24), His ultimate desire is for us to be reconciled is with Himself. We are called to be ministers of reconciliation, where we are helping others be reconciled with Jesus. We are to help others know Jesus as their Lord and Savior so they can also be sons and daughters of God.

 Action for the day

Is there anyone you have an issue with? Anyone who has wronged your or you have wronged? Today, make the decision to reconcile with them. Raise the white flag of peace and go make it right with the other person. Maybe it is a family member or old friend. Maybe it is a co-worker or a child. Whoever it is, put on the mind of Christ, set aside any pride and make amends.

Prayer for the day

Jesus, thank you for loving us and reconciling with me. Thank you that you did not leave me as a sinner and an orphan. But I am now Your child and a royal priest. Father, I ask you to help me reconcile with those who I have wronged. Give me the courage to say I am sorry and let this bring You glory. Let this be the first step in our reconciliation, but also reconciliation with You. It is in your powerful name, Jesus, that I ask these things. Amen.

Share your testimony

If I am being honest with myself, I had been overconfident in my career. I had pedigree companies that I had worked for and excelled. I went around and shared my motto, “what is the worst thing they can do?” The answer, of course is fire me. My overconfidence led me to think that would never happen. Until it did. The saving grace is God had already informed me that change was in the air. He had even told my wife and I to sell our house. As we prepared to put the house on the market, I was called into the CEO’s office and we agreed I would leave the company. This is where my testimony of the single most disruptive season of my life begins.

Even as I was leaving the office for the last time, I believed it would be weeks before I found a new role. I would not have conceived that it would take over eight months and hundreds of hours of networking. My arrogance prevented me from seeing that God will open the right door at the right time. However, He was faithful throughout the process to guide us through the season. I knew He wanted us to sell our house, but did not know where He wanted us to move. He proceeded to tell me the city and He gave my wife the date we would buy the new house. When we found the house in the new city, there were 17 other offers. We were not the highest offer. Yet, God had other plans. We were selected, even though we had put in a lower offer and it was accepted on the date God had given my wife.

Throughout the whole season of unemployment, God kept closing doors with perfectly good jobs. The reason is He wanted me to write a book. During this season, I was able to finish the book and God brought a publisher that wanted to publish the book. He also had me work on my overreliance on a company to find my security. I now know that Jesus is my only security and He will provide all of my needs. It is a tough lesson to learn, but we have a good God that loves us and gently corrects us.

What I also found during this season is my testimony of what God was doing in the midst of a season of trial was encouraging to others facing the same thing. It was amazing to see how many people I ran across that were also looking for a job. My testimony was a help in growing faith in the other person. My testimony was highlighting what God was doing in my life in the middle of a trial and how He is always there. My role was to build up the body because of what I was going through. We can choose to have a “woe is me” attitude or come in a different spirit. I love how Paul talks about the process of going through trials in Romans 5:2-5, “We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!: (MSG). Our hope and joy, especially during trials, is infectious to others who are facing the same trail. So rejoice and share your testimony to beat back the enemy and encourage others to push on.

Action for the day

Today, share your testimony with one other person. Even if you don’t have a sensational God story, sharing what God is doing or has done in your life will encourage and help others see your faith. Maybe it is a family member, a friend or co-worker who doesn’t know Jesus. You can plant that seed because it is not your opinion, rather it is your experience. Watch how God uses your testimony to do something great!

Prayer for the day

Jesus, I thank you for always being present in my life. Even when the world seems to be crashing in, You are there with me. You are giving me strength and raising me up on wings like an eagle. You want good for me and will never leave me. I ask that you show me what testimony I should share and who I should share it with. I want to bring glory to the work You are doing in my life. Open the ears and heart of the person I share it with so they too can be encouraged and will see how You are working in their life as well. It is in Your powerful name, Jesus, that I pray these things. Amen.

Planting Seeds

One of my earliest memories of my grandfather is that he loved to garden. I would get to spend summers with my grandparents and every night I had the opportunity to pick the vegetable I wanted for dinner. It was at his house where I learned to love green beans, squash, zucchini and lima beans. It was always something I would look forward to. In fact, I would not eat green beans at any other time during the year. They had to be from B-daddy’s garden.

While I loved my grandfather’s garden, his passion for growing fruits and vegetables did not pass down. I don’t know the first thing about making a plant grow. I have never been able to get a seed to produce anything. I am good at harvesting, but I am not a seed planter or a good waterer. I don’t know how much is too much or too little. When we bought a new house, the previous owners were exceptional gardeners. They had built four garden beds in the back yard. At the time of the offer, the garden beds were just dirt. By the time we moved in two months later, all four beds were full of vegetables. Even though they knew they would not get to harvest, they decided to plant and water the garden until they left. We got to enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labor. We did not deserve such a luscious garden, full of tomatoes, zucchini, strawberries, peppers, cantaloupe, onions and watermelon. However, we sure enjoyed every delicious mouthful over the summer.

I may not be any good at planting seeds when it comes to growing fruit or vegetables, but I am able to plant seeds when it comes to sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am able to water the seed someone else planted. I have even been given the opportunity to harvest and see people accept Jesus as their Lord and savior. Each one of us can plant the seed, water it and harvest it. The key is to remember it is only God who can make it grow.  In Luke 10:20 we are told, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” God wants us to be His workers in the field. Too many of us have been waiting to be invited into the garden.

 

Action for the day

Your action for the day is to plant a seed, water or harvest. This action will look very different depending on the situation.

  • Pray with someone who is hurting
  • Do something nice for someone and let them know God loves them
  • Help someone in need with a physical or spiritual matter
  • Give someone an encouraging word

It can be anything; the key is to make sure the other person knows it is from God.

 

Prayer for the day

Jesus, thank you that you have invited me into the kingdom of Heaven. Thank you that I am now your child and have the opportunity to share Your love and joy with someone around me. Show me who I can plant a seed or water. Let Your will be done today! Let me join You in the work You are doing in someone else’s life. Amen

Invitation to Serve

When God created the earth, he populated it with animals and gave them a command to be fruitful and increase in numbers. He then created man and woman and gave them the same command. This is the first command that God gives His living creation. “Be fruitful and increase in numbers.” When there were only two humans on the planet, it was a great command. Well, six thousand years later we now have almost eight billion people on the planet. So while it is still a command that we should continue to have children, we are also called to multiply the sons and daughters of God.

Jesus tells us that He came to make us sons and daughters. He will not leave us as orphans. He wants all to come to know the Father and to multiply the family of God. Each of us has an ability to share the Father’s love for a hurting world. Our faith in action can have a multiplication effect on the world. If you go through this devotional and each day touch someone else with the love of Christ, the you will have left an imprint on thirty-one people. If ten people live their faith for thirty-one days, then 310 people’s lives are touched. One thousand people means thirty-one thousand people are impacted and so on.

Not every positive interaction will bring about a radical change to follow Jesus, but some will plant a seed, some will water it and some will get the honor of harvesting. However, it is God that makes things grow. We just need to be the laborers. The more of us who can get out and be the hands and feet of Jesus, the more lives are positively impacted. Imagine if one thousand believers lived intentionally to have a positive impact on one person each day. Not just one month, but for the whole year. That would be well over 350,000 people who are seen by Christ.

Imagine the change that would start happening in our communities! People would see love being demonstrated by action, not just words. Love would overcome hate or anger. Peace would overcome fear. Compassion would overcome distain or mistrust. Hope would overcome despair. In other words, communities would be transformed. Isn’t it time Christians decided to be fruitful and multiply the children of God?  Imagine the possibilities.

 

Action for the day

Today, make a point to invite someone else into the good works you are engaged. Invite someone else to get out and share the love of Christ. Consider the multiplication effect when you work together and hold each other accountable. Besides, it is more fun to do ministry with others. Pray to God who you can partner with and commit to invite them into the work you are doing.

 

Prayer for the day

Jesus, thank you that you did not leave me as an orphan, but I am now a child of God. You send your disciples out two at a time, so I ask today that you will reveal who I should invite into saving Sodom. I long to transform my community. Let me see, interact and impact those you put in my path. Thank you Jesus. Help me to be fruitful and multiply Your love and your children. In your name I pray. Amen.

Get Out of the House

Growing up I always thought that I needed to go to church to find God. That is where He was right? If I wanted prayer, I go to church. If I wanted healing, I go to church. If I wanted salvation, I go to church. All of those statements are correct, however, they are not sufficient to live out the great commandment to “go and make disciples of all nations.” Church is a safe place to be with those who know Jesus and believe in His life giving message. Too many of us equate the building with the broader understanding of “the church.” Every believer in Christ Jesus is the church since Holy Spirit lives inside us.

I find it interesting when I read the creation story in Genesis 1 and 2. He creates the heavens, the earth, the animals and finally man. Then in Genesis 2:8 we are told, “now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.” There were trees and rivers and flowers. What was not there was a building. God had not wanted Adam and Eve to be restricted with a building. Fast forward to the time Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. He had them live in tents. In fact, God Himself resided in the tabernacle, which was a tent. Then God had Solomon build a temple for God’s present to reside. However, it was a place to go to and then go from. Finally, Jesus gives His life for our sins and transforms our bodies into the temple of God.

Just like the tabernacle in Moses time, our bodies are meant to be the mobile temple of Jesus. We are not meant to restrict ourselves to a building. Church on Sunday should be a time where we can get instruction, a time to worship God as a whole body and be encouraged. We are then to go out and be the hands and feet of Jesus. He wanted us in a garden, to be outside, interacting with His creation. He wants us going to where people are sick and hurting. We are to get out and bring the gospel or good news to a world in pain.

 

Action for the day

Today, make a commitment to get out of the building and find a place can serve. The church is good, but get out into the community. The good news is search engines today enable us to find places that serve areas of our passions. If you don’t know where to start, try some of these searches:

  • Place to serve <insert the name of your city>
  • Volunteer opportunities <insert name of your city>
  • Soup kitchens near me
  • Serve food to the homeless
  • Anti-trafficking organizations <insert name of your city>
  • Non-profit organizations <insert name of your city>

Once you have searched and chosen a place to serve, take the action to contact them today and get involved.

Prayer for the day

Father God, thank you that You created a world full of wonder and beauty. It is good! Today, as I make a commitment to get out and be your hands and feet, guide me to the place where I can join You in Your work. Let my heart break for the things that break your heart. Reveal how my passions are in line with my purpose to live an abundant life. Show me where I can best serve to bring Your glory and the Kingdom of Heaven to earth. It is in the powerful name of Jesus I pray these things. Amen.

Kindness is needed

The weather had turned cold and the rain clouds were threatening to release their contents on the earth. Mollie was just about to sit down for lunch and eat leftovers from dinner the night before. The doorbell rang. In today’s world, we know there are only a few reasons the doorbell will ring. Primary among those reasons is if you are expecting a package. However, Mollie was not expecting to receive anything. So the next thought goes to a solicitor. While we do not have many door to door salesmen these days, we do get them from time to time. No longer are people trying to sell a vacuum cleaner or some other household gadget. Most of the time it tends to be individuals trying to sell magazines, cookies or raise funds for the local school.

Mollie was not really in the mood to hear a pitch, but she got up from the table and answered the door anyway. Standing in the doorway were two women who had a look of surprise on their face. Mollie was the first person who had opened the door that day. They proceeded to give their pitch for her to buy magazines. Mollie was not in the market for magazines, but felt the prompting of the Spirit to do something completely different. She asked them if they would like to come in out of the cold and damp weather. When they agreed, Mollie then asked if they had eaten. When they told her they had not, Mollie invited them to lunch. The two ladies did not seem to mind sharing the leftovers, as they were hungry.

Mollie got to know a bit of the histories of these two ladies and found out why they were selling magazines door to door. Prompted by the Spirit, Mollie noticed they were not wearing a heavy enough jacket to keep the cold and wet out. So she asked if they would be interested in a warmer jacket. Mollie opened up her closet and clothed both ladies. She then told them she did not need any magazines, but she wanted to give them money directly. Mollie prayed for the ladies and they made their way out with tears in their eyes. They were shown kindness that day. On a cold, damp day, when no one else was willing to open their doors for these two ladies, they experienced the love and kindness of Christ.

Whether you are a follower of Christ or not, the hate, anger, vitriol must stop. We have to come together and find a new path forward. Each of us can make a difference if we want to. We have to learn to accept the consequences and choose to do things differently next time. Today is the day to begin that new path, with Jesus’s help.

Action for the day

It does not cost you anything to be kind to someone. Today, pray for an opportunity to show the kindness of Christ to someone. Maybe it is giving your coat away, maybe it is encouraging a mother of a screaming child, maybe it is allowing someone to cut in line who is clearly in a hurry. Whatever it is, you can make a difference by showing the love of Christ and being kind today.

 

Prayer for the day

Dear Father, You love us so much. In fact, You were kind enough to send Your Son to die for our sins. Help me to show that depth of love and kindness today. Show me who You want to be kind do. Prompt me to say something nice, give something away, do something unexpected to bring You glory and joy to another person. It is in the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.