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Every Person Matters

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Yesterday as I awoke, I was struck with this thought – that every single person that I see today has an eternal destiny.  Every person at WalMart, every person I walk by or drive by, every person in my neighborhood and my workplace – they all have an eternal destiny – and they all matter to God.

This is nothing new, we preach this all the time!  But actually living with this set of lenses on is not always easy.  We’re so busy and focused on getting our lists accomplished!

However, when we live with this awareness – that people matter to God, it can change how we live.  It can change how we speak to the cashier at the gas station or how we greet people when we pass them on our daily neighborhood strolls.

I looked up the following verse, and I think it speaks so loud as to how we live:

“Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” – Ephesians 5:16-17, NLT

So let’s not go about our day “thoughtlessly.” Let’s not just go through the motions of our agenda.  Let’s today live with our eyes open wide.  Let’s live with purpose!

Perhaps this means that  you do more than simply wave and smile at your neighbor.  Perhaps you walk over and engage in a meaningful conversation.  Perhaps you bake an extra dozen cookies and bring a refreshing gift to someone in your world!  Perhaps you do more than feel sorry for the injured one or handicapped person – you go pray for them for healing!  Who knows what God will do?!

It takes a little more time.  You can’t be so rushed.  You have to slow down your pace!  But in doing so, you make yourself available for the Holy Spirit to move through you.  After all, we are His servants, right?!  Let’s allow Him to have His way in our daily living and touch people around us.

“Father, use me today however You will in the midst of my day.  Help me to have a heart that is connected with Yours.  Forgive me when I’m so rushed and busy that I’m distracted from Your purposes.  Open my eyes and help me see all that you have for me.  In Jesus name, Amen!”

Now go live with Kingdom purpose!

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