Tuesday, August 23, 2016

a few of my favorite things

do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Not all days turn out the way you plan them to.  The Bible tells us that we can make our plans, but God will direct our steps.  That means that He might change our thoughts or even what we need to do.  All kinds of things can come us from the extremely urgent to the ones that seem to be just a small deal. 

A few of my favorite things are some of those that change what I need to do.  I am not referring to the events of the past several days that have taken our children in new directions.  I am talking about some of the things that touch my heart.

As I sat in a meeting yesterday I got a message from a friend.  We met a little bit later, and he shared with me some news about his family.  My heart sank.  I got to pray with my friend and will connect with him again later this week.  While I was with that friend my phone rang.  On the other end of the phone was a truck driver that transports disaster relief supplies around the nation.

This morning is sure to be a but hot and tiring, but we get to be part of loading a trailer with supplies that are going to Louisiana where flooding has done a lot of damage.  I have seen pictures of friend’s home that were destroyed and churches greatly damaged by the water.  My heart goes out to them.

When we know people are hurting, it is not time to turn away.  It is time to turn up the help.  It is easier to turn and walk the other direction than to do something about it and help someone. 

My heart is tied to the things that I love and that mean a lot to me.  Over the last week or so there have been many things that have touched my heart.  I pray we will listen and respond instead of ignore them and turn away.

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

These really are a few of my favorite things.

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