The Next Step

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Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;  do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:2-4

I know these things. 

Honest.

I do.

I'm not sure why I forget them so easily.

I had my first gentle nudge yesterday.  I recognized it when it happened but didn't really think about it.

It was in my daily Scripture reading.The verse was just there waiting for me. It was tucked away in Proverbs.  I know it was a nudge because saw I saw fit to bookmark it and make a note.

"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act." 

I remember thinking it might make a good devotional topic at some point.  I was sure someone else might need to hear it.

The second nudge?

A blog I subscribe to.  It arrived in my inbox this morning.  I knew it was a bit more of a nudge.  Ok.  More than a nudge.  It's a blog called "The Generous Wife." She was talking about her attitude toward her husband.

I have to admit that the tension in our household has been increasing right along with all the stress.  My attitude?  Let's say ... not good.

Number three?

YouVersion's daily verse waiting for me this morning.

"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."  Galatians 6:10.

I could have stopped reading at family.

I know I am not a nice person when I get uber-depressed.  I quit thinking of others.  Yes, yesterday I made a good step.  I reached out to God.

Today, He's telling me something I already knew.

Not only do I need to look to God, I need to look to others.

Reaching out to others, realizing their needs and doing what I can - even if nothing more than a hug and a kiss for my husband and kids helps.  But more than being kind to them, it helps my attitude start to change.

Compassion begins to grown.  I become grateful again.  I start to see beyond myself.

I'm not at all saying we shouldn't be taking care of ourselves.  But sometimes, when we have become so focused on ourselves and our illnesses, we forget about those who are around us.  It's hard to realize that others need us - just the way we are.

We can feel flawed, useless, a burden to those around us.

The truth?  They still need us.  We can minister to them, simply by having a smile on our faces and a kind word on our lips.

Some of us are able to do more.  We can email, or talk with others.  We can encourage one another.

It's so important not to let our world become so small that there is no room for anyone else.

As the daily generosity blog states "Think Generous."  (Here is a link to her blog.  It's geared toward wives encouraging their husbands and has a lot of great little ideas to show your love.)

So, look at the family of God that has been placed around you today and "Think Generous."

And I'll start today by praying for each of you.

Father God,  Help us to remember that others need us as much as we need them.  Help us see those little acts of kindness that we can sprinkle along the way today.  And thank you, that you always light the path ahead of us when we are ready to take that next step toward You. Amen and amen.

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