Monday, July 30, 2012

Blessed to be a Blessing

As I was spending time reading my bible this morning and reading through my devotional book, "Streams in the Desert" (great book by the way, #getit) I was struck by the passage for today in a very convicting way.
Here is part of the entry for today's devotion:

For life is all too short, dear
And sorrow is all too great, 
To allow our slow compassion
That tarries until too late.
And it's not the thing you do, dear
It's the thing you leave undone,
That gives you the bitter heartache,
At the setting of the sun. 

This really spoke to me, as I sit here now looking over my to-do list for the day, and as I feel the angst rising up in my throat of all I need to get done for school. That is my everyday though. I always have a million things to do. I will always have laundry that needs folding, or dishes to unload. I think it's the moments when you set aside time for others that really help shape who you are. What is the point of waking up every morning with an overwhelming to-do list, if the "to-do's" are only serving yourself? How can you serve someone else today? Make a list of the ways you are blessed, so that you can then be a blessing to others. That's why I love the line in the poem about the things you don't end up doing that you know you should have, that leaves you more empty in the end. Is getting some extra laundry done more important than writing a sweet note for a friend who needs encouraging? Perhaps today can be a day when you examine your heart. Who has been on your heart to help out? Maybe it's financially, maybe it's just lending a helping hand. Sometimes it's just setting aside time to make a phone call to let a friend know you care about them and that you are praying for them. Encouragement goes a long way. Let the moments when you live unselfishly define you. Today, live for others, and live for Christ. 

Love and Encouragement


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