Where’s Your Heart?
We’ve all heard or said the phrase, “my heart just isn’t in it.” Our hearts are a driving force in our lives. Not only for what we do but how well we do it. When our hearts are “in” something, amazing things can take place. But, when our hearts aren’t “in” something, we often feel as if we’ve hit a brick wall finding it difficult to move even the slightest bit forward.
God desires our hearts to be “in” all that is of God. A couple of weeks ago I preached about having passion and enthusiasm. When the Spirit is within us we are filled with passion and enthusiasm for whatever is before us.
Seek the filling of the Spirit and allow that passion and enthusiasm to “get your heart in” all that God desires. It is then, that amazing things can happen!
“And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.”
(1 Kings 8:61)
Jesus has empowered each of us through the Holy Spirit. Empowered us to make a difference, to encourage the lonely, care for the sick, and feed the poor. We have a saying in the ELCA “God’s Work. Our Hands.” A time of service to one another. A time to make a difference in the life of another human being. God’s Work Our Hands is to be a way of life. Not a service project we say we participated in once or twice or an organization we say we contributed to financially. A Way of Life, regardless.
What does your way of life say about you? How many times over the course of the past 5+ months has your life shined brightly with the words “God’s Work. Our Hands?” Life may be difficult right now. Life may not be what you expect or want. But God has provided plenty of opportunities for each of us to be God’s hands in this world. Now more than ever is a time for God’s people to get creative. Let God shine through your hands. Let it shine!
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and
glorify your Father in heaven.”
In our Lutheran tradition, we hear these words at the end of a baptism, as a candle is presented to the baptized. The candle becomes a reminder of the light our lives are to become in this world. The light of Jesus shining in a deep dark place. But, all too often, we find ourselves succumbed to the world. We find ourselves so overwhelmed by negativity that instead, we end up combating the light that seeks to shine from within us.
Stay tuned to Thursday’s devotion as we learn what we as Children of God need to be doing to ensure the light IS shining from us.
I don’t know about you, but my bet is you aren’t too fond of junk mail (in your mailbox or on your computer) any more than I am. Tangible and digital junk mail is simply ANNOYING! I am often flooded with items that I do not want to be bothered with, from lists I’ve repeatedly asked to be removed from, for items I don’t want, need or desire. BUT…it only takes one. One, single piece of real mail to turn the day, week, or even month completely around. A card, note, or picture in my mailbox or an email that simply says “I thought of you today. How are you?” Makes all the difference in the world. No expectations. No fires to put out. No one telling me I need to buy this or that. Just a “hello”.
As much as each of us enjoys getting mail of any kind, it amazes me as to how many of us limit using the USPS for special days (birthday, anniversary, graduation) or email for business purposes only.
My challenge to you is this. Just one! Choose one person each week, for the rest of the year. Perhaps you take our church directory and choose one name each week (preferably someone you do not know or do not know well) and either send them a quick note in the mail or a short email. Just saying “Hello,” “I thought of you today,” “I said a prayer for you today.” It truly only takes one. One minute. One word. One prayer. One person…to make a difference. If every person who reads this did just that…each one of us would impact the lives of nearly 20 people by the end of the year.
It only takes one.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up”
I Thessalonians 5:11a