Thursday, August 25, 2011

pour into the lives of others

I love what I do.  Well, most everything I get to do I love and really enjoy.  One of those pieces that I love is talking with people going through tough times in their personal lives.  This week those have been people from all walks of life: a pastor, a missionary, an ex-offender, a drug addict, a precious servant in our church and a few more.

The stories are incredible.  They range from every where about the big things God is doing to drug overdose.  Many of them were smiling.  Some were crying.  Some were so excited about life.  Others were in so much pain.  Each and every one is precious to God.

Think about the people you interact with each day.  How are you encouraging them?  What are you speaking into their lives?  Are you taking away from them or filling them?

Far too often we are thinking about people in the wrong light.  We are like a sponge taking in all that we get and giving nothing away.  Yet instead of being a sponge we ought to be a stream allowing great stuff to flow from our lives in to the lives of others. The more of God we put in our lives the more we can give to others.

Maybe you are like me and others I know who have dealt with burnout.  When you have nothing to give, you and I have a problem.  Let God fill you so that you can share with others.  Stop and listen to those people you walk by rather then just saying hello.  Decide to pour some goodness into someone else today.

God will change us as we allow Him to change the perspective of our lives.

Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from yourselfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.

Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.

So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

Who will you speak life in to today and tomorrow and the next?

Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor.

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