Updated: May 20, 2021
Good morning. It is Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
I have started a new book. Actually, it is a 30-day challenge. The name of the book is "Life-Changing Divine Appointments."
I have had several of what might be called "divine appointments" but I have never, with purpose, asked God to give me divine appointments. And daily no less.
A divine appointment by definition, according to my book, is "the Spirit-guided intersection of people's lives for God's purpose."
In other words, who can I share Jesus with today? How can I use my words to encourage another human being and point them to a loving God? How can my life and testimony encourage someone else and give them hope? But, not just my words and actions, more so, who does God desire to put in my path today?
I pray I never miss an opportunity to witness! By the way, I truly believe a smile can be a huge witness. Sometimes all another person needs is someone to smile at them. Use your smile. Say hello. Do not be afraid to offer these free gifts to a fellow human being for they truly are gifts. We have no clue what is going on in the lives of those around us, no clue. We also too often underestimate the power of a smile.
I attended a series of meetings years ago...probably mid-80's, where the speaker asked the audience if Christians ought to be happy. There were a few murmurs and he said "Now come on! This is a serious question. Do Christians have any reason to be happy?" More of us agreed. Then he paused and said, "well some of you ought to tell your faces."
Wow!! He was so right. I have met some very sour Christians. I still see them all around me. If we believe in God, if we believe in a savior Jesus Christ, if we believe in a Comforter the Holy Spirit, if we believe Jesus will come again as He promised and make things new again; make things right. If we believe there is coming a time when there will be no more death, then we ought to be happy, and our faces ought to show it!
Revelation 21:4 ESV "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
I can hardly wait for that day, but in the meantime, let us devote ourselves daily to showing others around us that there is hope, that they are deeply loved, not only by Christ, but my us! Let them know there are better days ahead for all of God's children.
I'll leave you with 1 Peter 4:7-11 "The end of all things is near. Therefore, be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen."
Remember, Jesus is coming soon!