Good Afternoon, How are You Today?

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Thought for the Day:  See what happens when you smile at someone today.

During my time in a class for those wanting to join our church, the pastor talked about us being the body of Christ, as was the theme for Worship as well. Everything he said touched me bringing me to tears a number of times.  One thing he said, however, made me do something that I have done before but lately not so much.  He said that before he truly understood Christ and that God sacrificed himself for “ME”, that he didn’t think about those he met each day as brothers and sisters that God sacrificed himself for as well.  He said he kept most of his focus on what he needed to do and the stress of the day.  After he learned more about God’s sacrifice through Jesus Christ,  he began viewing people in the stores in a different ways and started recognizing them and speaking to many. So, yesterday I went to the store and almost immediately had a short conversation with an elderly man.  We giggled a little and went on.  Then, I pushed myself to say “Good afternoon, how are you today?” to several others I met.  Everyone answered politely and we went on. I asked my check out clerk how she was doing and she said, “I don’t have any complaints today.”  We said “Have a great afternoon!” to each other as I left.  I felt a sense of God’s presence throughout that time and knew I had at least put a smile on two faces.  There was a smile on my face as well.  I shared time with brothers and sisters in Christ.

In the class it was quoted about humility, “We live joyfully when we serve joyfully and serve humbly.” If you know me well, you know it is not in my personality to just open up and talk to people I do not know very well.  I made up my mind when I went into that store yesterday that I was going to speak more to people I met in the aisles.  When I humbled myself and talked to people through joy, I witnessed smiles and I came home with a warmth in my heart.

Prayer: Our Father, thank you for the reminders through Sunday School classes and Worship services about how we are to live. You tell us to live joyfully and humbly, but sometimes the reminders are needed.  Thank you for the people who lead us in such remarkable ways.  Amen

Prayer Focus: Those sharing God’s love with others



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