Good Evening Saints!!~~
I pray for you daily as we push into relevant life with Father.
Paul’s life is a beautiful example of focusing on others ALL the time. As he wrote his letter to the church at Philippi, he was chained up in prison, far away from every possible comfort. While he had many prime opportunities to write and complain about the conditions of his jail cell, or the disgusting food that was occasionally thrown to him, or the fresh collection of bruises from his guards, he chose instead to encourage his readers – reminding them to put everyone else before themselves. His perspective is a rare and very valuable one.
-When we are feeling imprisoned by whatever life has handed us, how often do we choose to encourage those around us, instead of venting and complaining about our own situation? How do we show that the needs of those around us are more important than our own?
-Pray that God would give you a new perspective on your surroundings – and that you would begin choosing to put your friends and family before yourself.
Another point~ For those who are fasting- good job, don’t grow weary in doing well. It will be worth it. I had an opportunity today to hang around with someone who is not with CRBC. At some point in the day, I was offered some sweet snacks. Oh, did they look good. Rather than say, “Oh, I am fasting right now,” bringing attention to myself, I was able to deflect the conversation another direction and not have to answer. Right away I thought of Matthew 6:16-18 says – “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” In reflecting on the scripture above, had I said I was fasting, boom, there was my reward. Instead I could secretly praise Father and believe that our fast, done in humility, will bring great results in our community. I pray that you have lots of opportunities to keep your fast a secret too, so that Father will bless you.
I love what we get to do!!! Pastor Mark