Think Beyond Yourself ~
Today … practice the process of NOT focusing on yourself. Focus on who and what is around you; and SEE the needs. We walk through most of our days with blinders on, often so focused on self, and our desires, needs, and wants; so self-absorbed that we may be passing right by whom God has placed in our path to minister to ….
We don’t even realize just how self absorbed we are, until we are challenged to spend at least one day focusing on what we usually ignore. There are so many ways that we can help others … ways that really don’t require much … often not even a single red penny …. just the simple act of noticing.
Even if it is simply saying a kind single kind word … sharing a smile, or the soft glance of your eyes that show understanding, compassion, and the love of Christ …. it can help someone. All of us have had times in our lives when we’ve felt alone or isolated. Think about those times, and how it made you feel when someone simply acknowledged you in a kind way. When we begin to open up our eyes and hearts …. we begin to live the blessing. We are God’s love in the flesh. We are the hands and feet of Jesus. God will use us to meet a need of someone else … even if it’s simple words of encouragement or a sympathetic glance of someone sitting alone, who may be feeling desperately lost ….
In turn; our own hearts will be nourished, and our own spirits will be filled
As you go about your day; should you walk past that unkempt person panhandling, or that alcoholic slumped in a stupor on the curb, maybe that old woman leaning on her cane trying to hurry across the crosswalk, or perhaps even you might notice that homeless person struggling to push an overloaded shopping cart down the street; if you do happen to notice them, or they make eye contact, don’t shake your head or make any snap judgments; smile at them … show them with your eyes that you care ….
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:11)
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:13-18)
God is with us …..