Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it it written: “It is mine to avenge: I will repay, says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12: 1, 11-19
If there’s one thing I’ve always hated, it was missing out! I didn’t want to go to bed on time, because I might miss out on something juicy that might be said or something exciting that might take place. And yet, as I’ve grown older, I have discovered that many of the things I focused on most, were meaningless anyway. What I should have been concerned about missing out on was allowing God to use my life for His honor and glory.
What did I miss out on today? What was my conversation like? How did I spend my day? Did I spend it criticizing, complaining, whining, or gossiping? Did I spend it cutting someone to shreds with my tongue? Did I use the day to uplift someone, help someone, befriend someone, or make someone’s day a little brighter?
This is what God is teaching me:
Every day presents new opportunities…
to welcome a stranger,
to befriend someone new,
to be courageous and share a part of yourself with someone,
to demonstrate patience,
to be faithful,
to enjoy life,
to pray, to talk to God, and listen to what He has to say,
to spend time with God, enjoying his presence,
to read God’s Holy Word,
to trust Him,
to obey Him,
to love Jesus Christ,
to love yourself, and
to love others.
If you are breathing and reading this blog,
you have been given another opportunity.
Don’t miss out!
Until next time…
Enjoy the journey!
Much love to you, my friend,