Tag Archives: Neighbor

If We Could See…

We all wear masks. Masks that tell others we are “ok” when we really aren’t. In public most of us pretend we have it together, all is well, but if we could see what others struggle with it would change how we interact with each other.
If we could see that a friend is insecure how would we treat them?
If we could see that a neighbor is afraid what would we do?
If we could see that a co-worker is depressed what would you say?
If we could see what’s really going on with each other it would change everything……but we can’t. We all wear masks to make the world think we are “ok”, but imagine how our relationships would change if we could see what’s really going on in a life? It would change everything!
What’s fascinating to me is that Jesus did see. He heard the unspoken words, he knew the unheard thoughts, he knew. And because he knew he dealt with people in a merciful and gracious way. He loved them. Here are his words for us, profound words for us who can’t see what the other person is going through, but if we could see this is what we would do….
“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.””
So, here are your instructions for the day as you encounter the host of fallen mankind that will make your day crazy- be merciful, don’t judge, don’t condemn, forgive, and give. These are Jesus’ words to us because we can’t see….

 

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Make A Difference With SpreadingJOY

Our dear friend and contributing blogger, Marie Wikle, founder of SpreadingJOY, has just published  her first book, appropriately titled… Spreading JOY Daily.

This is an amazing book filled with 365 ways to spread joy and encouragement throughout the year. Broken down by month, Marie leads you day by day through a whole year of so many ways to bless others.

Ways such as…

January 25 – Leave a sticky note of encouragement on everyone’s computer today…

February 6 – Recycle magazines by giving them to a women’s shelter or even a nursing home…

June 11 – Give kind words freely.

August 28 – Pay a local teenager to mow a neighbor’s lawn. Two acts of spreading joy in one!…

October 21 – Run errands for a new mom. This is such a valuable gift of time….

December 21 – Make 20 sack lunches and pass out to homeless in your area…

 Why not check out the many ways you can encourage your family, friends, and your community. You too can make an impact no matter how small, like a ripple in a pond…all in the name of Jesus!

 

The Ten Commandments

Exodus 20 

1 And God spoke all these words, saying:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

“You shall have no other gods before Me.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that isin heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God,am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that isin them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”