2 Peter 1:3-7

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.

Thought for the Day:  Look for mission opportunities right where you are

I have a very special thing I do each morning that brings me joy and I hope brings a smile to someone else.  My classroom is literally the closest classroom to the entrance of the school so when I stand and welcome my children into the classroom I can also say hello and welcome the other children who pass by.  We have a special needs preschool and a regular special needs class in our school and their buses come in just a few minutes after the regular buses.  My joy has come in waiting in my door until they arrive where I can say hello to them.  As each group comes by holding the hand of their teacher, I just say, “Hello” in a singing tone and the teacher prompts them by saying, “She said Hello, what do you do?”  When I first began doing this, I occasionally got a hand wave in response but that was all.  Now, I am slowly getting more spoken responses and they are beginning to look at me as I speak.  This past week one of the teachers, after the little boy she was walking with said hello to me, said “You have really gotten that out of him, he doesn’t do that.”  My heart is warmed each time I hear one of those babies say hello and I hope they are given just a little “happy thought” as they enter their day.

As we think about the things that God would have us do for others, sometimes our thoughts do not need to go any further than where we are in our daily routine.  Those babies come by my classroom door each day and all I have to do is move to the doorway.  That is not to say that God doesn’t want us to go out and find opportunities to minister to others, but sometimes we truly can find our ministries right where we are.  I add here that I admire and respect special needs teachers – they are some of the most special people ever and have a precious heart to teach these babies.
Prayer:   God, thank you for the opportunities to minister to people each day.  Help us open our eyes to see those opportunities when you show them to us.  Help us, especially, to see those opportunities in our daily routines first and then look outside for other ministries.



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