When exciting things are happening in the lives of those around you, rejoice with those who rejoice. Send the card, buy the gift, go to the shin dig, make your presence the present. May you support them amidst the changes. May you remind them who the Giver is.
When tragedy strikes in the lives around you, mourn with those who mourn. Send the card or encouraging text, buy the flowers, sacrifice the time, take the meal, keep your words but give your ear to their questions, give them the ministry of your presence. May you support them amidst the changes. May you remind them who the Comforter is.
Two extremely different seasons. Just like spring, summer, winter, fall, we all go through them all. Support today, be supported tomorrow.
May we slow down and remember the sacrifices of those who fought for our present freedom. May we be full of awe and reverence toward the One who gave His life for our eternal freedom. May we be spurred on to lay down our lives for others, that they may know the freedom we have found.
In a world where we can get engulfed in a routine, may we do something new, something different, something out of the ordinary. Whether it’s a new restaurant, buying a different shampoo, or driving a new route home. Because our eyes get blinded to the beauty when we live robotic lives. And our hearts get worn and weary in the repetitive. May we place ourselves where freshness can rain down.
May curiosity cure arrogance. May we value progress over perfection. Lifting our eyes off self, our little world, zooming out to see like a bird, may our priorities be realigned and refocused.
(Photo cred and other awesome birds eye view pictures).
May we realize that we are privileged, not entitled. May this knowledge free us from jealousy, envy, bitterness, and contempt towards others who may have what we think we deserve. May we bubble over with gratitude for the grace-filled life we’ve been gifted. Experiencing grace, may we humbly extend it, for some are not as privileged as we.
When your body hurts after a work out, it’s a sign that your muscles are growing stronger. Our muscles are stretched and torn but come back together more resilient, they grow. You may struggle to walk for a few days, but the hurt will prove profitable.
May we see this week’s trials, temptations, and tests as God’s way of building our spiritual muscles. May we work out our faith, may our faith grow. Although faith building may not always be a pleasant process, it proves profitable.
When the rain clouds are rolling in, grab your pancho and boots and parade on. Instead of living life safe, live free. Come out of the storm shelter you’ve been hiding in, and dance in the rain. Because He never promised to calm the storms, but He will calm His children in them.