Sunday, February 12, 2006

World Vision Devotions

World Vision has been sending me these daily devotions. Two guys decided to spend a year living on the streets. These devotions are the fruit of that time.

Daily Devotions: Day 18
"And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works." Hebrews 10:24

One of the most exciting aspects of human relationships is that we really do affect one another. While on the streets, Sam and I spent so much time together that whatever mood we were in, regardless of whether it was good or bad, really did move the other person in the same direction. If I was frustrated about not having any food, Sam would usually become frustrated too. If Sam was stoked about something that he read in the Bible that morning, I would usually become excited about it too. We met a few guys one Sunday morning who asked if they could cook us lunch at their house. As we were all hanging out, one of the guys burst into tears and explained how skeptical he had been at the beginning but how he now saw what an impact something as simple as lunch and conversation could have on two homeless guys. His friends’ faithfulness to reach out to us in need helped to spur this man on towards love and good works. Do you realize the impact you have on the people around you? Are you willing to take the risks necessary to live a life of faith and thus encourage others to do the same? Think of at least five ways to "stir up" those people you encounter every day to live lives more full of faith. Volunteer with a group of friends at the local Rescue Mission. Pick up the tab for the old lady sitting alone at the restaurant. Convince your family to make a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning for the homeless guys who sleep in the park near your house. Make a list and commit yourself to following through.

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