Monday morning signals the start of another work week. With it comes the opportunity to invest in others by building relationship, lending an ear, and stretching out a helping hand. The difference we would like to see in our world flows from us out into the world we inhabit. Change rests with us.
And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them. Luke 6:31 (ESV)
Change is a constant season fueling our lives. Nothing rarely remains the same. In an ever-changing world, we may be intimidated faced by an uncertain future. This is, in part, what makes life an unceasing adventure. None of us are promised tomorrow. We certainly aren’t given any reassurance that next week will be anything like last week.
Last week, many of us lost a good friend who shined kindness and acceptance into our lives. He modeled the Golden Rule-treat others like you would want them to be treated. He is remembered as a kind, generous, jovial, and loyal friend. The type of person that’s hard to come by these days.He genuinely cared for people and looked out for his friends, keeping them out of harm’s way. His presence in each of our lives will be missed. Many of us will try to remember the lessons he taught us. No doubt, he is gone way too soon.
What impact will you make in the lives of those you encounter this week?
Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)
Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
If you’re a believer, like me, and a Christ-follower, will people be able to see Jesus reflected in you? If you’re the only Bible anyone reads this week, will people be drawn closer to God through how you live and respond to the world you live, work, and play in?
While change is a constant fire burning, God is steadfast and unchanging. You can depend on Him. He won’t let you down. Life may disappoint you. The Lord will see you through those challenges and difficulties, if you’ll let Him.
Without faith, there is no hope. Without hope, there can be no love. And life is meant to be rich in love, fueled by an abundance of hope and steadfast faith.
Go be the difference you want to see in the world. You can. I believe in you.