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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Taking Advantage of your Surroundings!

As I sit in a hotel lobby watching persons come and go, I am observing how much of a rush everyone is in. Our entire society seems to always be ten minutes late. Each person is multitasking, speed walking, or frantically pacing waiting for a slow elevator or valet to get them their car. We move so fast that we often miss the beauty of life, it passes us by. The Scenery that God has provided as well as the awesome opportunities that God has given us to help or entertain someone else. We focus so much on our own task that we can miss our chance to live out our discipleship by making a difference in the life of another. Today's text from Hebrews speaks to how we must take advantage of our surroundings, let's look:

Hebrews 13: 1-9

1 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”6 So we say with confidence,“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.

Friends the writer in the text reminds us that every day and each situation we are in provides us with a chance to witness, there could be an angel in the cubicle next to yours, a person in need on the bus, a brother who needs prayer on the other end of the phone. We must take advantage of the surroundings that God has allowed us to be placed in. Let's slow down, look around, take a breath and see where we might best be used for the building of God's kingdom.

Dear God enable us to be radical minsters for you today, help us to focus on the relationships and task that matter to you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

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