WHEN WE THINK of changing the world, we feel unequipped, overwhelmed. We say, How could I possibly change the world? How would I even begin? Begin by changing someone’s life in your own hometown, church, or family.
Recently I received a gift — an unexpected gift I will forever treasure. After our recent mother-daughter banquet at the church I was visiting with the speaker, who is an author. She handed me one of her books, explaining it was a gift from one of the ladies who attended. The message was simple: thank you for all you did to put together this event. Every time I open that book, I thank God for the lady who purchased it and gave it to me. I was blessed by the gift, and I know that God has blessed the giver tenfold.
Start to change the world by giving a gift to someone today. Buy a cup of coffee, carry groceries, babysit the kids, send flowers or a card, or make dinner. Whatever you can give will bless the recipient, and he or she will want to share that joy with someone else. When you touch the hearts of those around you, God can use those little things to change the world.
Loving God, let me never consider any gesture or gift too small or simple but remember that each and every act of kindness can be used to further your kingdom. Amen.
Fourth Day Forward
This devotion, written by Julie Lawhead, is from page 43 of Fourth Day Forward: 60 Daily Meditations Copyright © 2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Notice and give thanks for acts of kindness. Share your thoughts.
Esther said, “A foe and enemy, this wicked Haman!” Then Haman was terrified before the king and the queen.
Esther 7:6, NRSV
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This week we remember: Leoba (September 28).
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