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Have you ever said, “After this happens (fill in the blank), everything will fall into place and I’ll be happy?” It’s a basic human desire to put all the blocks in place so that our lives are secure and comfortable. But it doesn’t usually work.
Sometimes no matter how we line up the blocks, they fall through. Or maybe a block is missing from our set and we just can’t seem to find it. Either way, our dreams of a happy life on autopilot don’t materialize. Perhaps we’re setting our blocks in the wrong order?
How about placing the spiritual block first. When we do that, we have a firm foundation of peace and partnership with God. Then as we place the rest of the blocks, they’ll sit on a firm underpinning. Even if a few of them fall, the foundation still stands. Then, with God’s help, we can set the blocks again even firmer than before!
Is your spiritual building block in place?
What is your day like? Is it spent doing a job that’s boring and routine? Perhaps it’s taken up with a list of household chores. Or maybe taking care of others consumes our time. But we often ask, “Is this all there is?”
Sometimes – in fact most of the time – I long to make a difference and do something super important. I’d like to be remembered through the ages for a fantastic contribution to society. But how realistic is that? And would Jesus really want that for me? Probably not.
Sometimes it’s hard to accept that we often serve God best in the ordinary areas of life. There are very few super heroes. But millions are living each day, doing their best to help others, excelling at their work, and setting the best example they can.
God asks us to be faithful in the small things. So just imagine millions of us serving God in humility. What a powerful tidal wave we could create!
How are you serving?
It seems that our economy is based on convincing us that we should buy more than we really need. Somehow we end up believing that we are deprived if we don’t own all the latest gadgets. Plus, what will people think if we can’t flaunt the newest technology? Of course, we’re completely ignoring our dwindling bank balance! But is this the wisest use of our money?
Perhaps we need a change of perspective. A simpler lifestyle might be in order. After all, it takes a ton of time to manage all of this buying and owning. Would God say this is the best use of our resources? Since they ultimately come from him, it’s possible that he has a completely different plan for us. Maybe it’s time to ask him!
What about your spending?
Looking for a way to make a difference? Perhaps you see pressing problems in the world and you’d like to help. Or maybe there are issues you feel passionate about and want to get involved. But you look at your time and finances and decide there’s no way.
Think again. There is something you can do. Encouragement costs you nothing and can help a hurting soul. It doesn’t even need to be anything specific or special. Sometimes just telling a sales clerk that she’s doing good work is enough, especially if she’s new on the job and flustered.
I know a man whose goal is to be a blessing to everyone he meets. When people see him they feel honored and respected, no matter what their circumstances. I believe they actually see Christ reflected through him.
So is it time to begin scattering encouragement wherever you go? It’s free and I’ll bet God will be smiling!
Who can you encourage today?
It’s easy to love family and friends when their lives are going great. Everything is cruising along, no problems in sight, and the horizon is sunny. So your job is pretty stress-free. Just walk with them, give a little encouragement, and celebrate their victories.
But what if there aren’t any victories? Suppose your friend is struggling, stuck, and can’t get it together? You might still love her, but maybe you might keep a little distance.
Suppose your family member’s struggles included you. Say you gave something precious into her keeping, maybe a lot of money. But she lost it and was devastated. Would you still love her or would you be angry and cut her off?
Perhaps the real test of the Christian life is to love someone at their lowest. It’s a challenge to believe in a person who has struggled and failed. But your acceptance and encouragement, however difficult, may just bring someone back from the lowest point in their life.
Could you do it?