Who are you going to bless today?
Sometimes I go away on spiritual retreats to seek the Lord in fasting and prayer…and also to find inspiration for new texts to write to encourage you. :-)
I was on a small island in southern France, and more specifically, in a monastery. One morning as I was walking, I came across two religious men jogging. I immediately thought, that’s great! Then, all of a sudden, I saw a lady who was holding onto a branch; she wasn’t feeling well. I offered to help her back to the monastery. Leaning on my arm, Marie-Madeleine (that was her name) told me a little bit about herself. I immediately thought of this verse: “‘Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.’” (John 13:35, NLT)
This situation instantly reminded me of the story of the good Samaritan (you can read it in chapter 10 of the Gospel of Luke). Of course, I don’t think I’m a “good Samaritan,” but I couldn’t help but notice that the two religious men passed by Marie-Madeleine without even paying attention to her. I’m not casting stones at them at all; they may not have even seen her…
You can’t imagine what a joy it was to help her! During our walk, she told me that she’d recently signed up for “A Miracle Every Day.” Funny, is’t it? If, lost in thought, I’d passed her without stopping, I would’ve lost all credibility in her eyes.
I encourage you today to look around you. Be attentive! You’ll certainly come across someone you can:
- Help cross the street or carry groceries for,
- Help get to a meeting or appointment,
- Exhort and encourage, etc.
Be prepared, through simple gestures, to pay attention and demonstrate love to that person.
Would you like to commit to praying that God will make you an instrument of blessing?