May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I would have NOT gotten by the last 38 years in a semi sound mind and body if it hadn’t have been for Him. Really wouldn’t have made it through the previous 19 years prior to that either, but I had invited Him into my life 38 years ago. I’ve had some very difficult things happen during those 38 years. They weren’t anything that anyone else hasn’t encountered but they were difficult none the less. Without His strength giving to me to endure hard times and the encouragement of His promises which gave me hope for tomorrow, there would have been days that giving up would have been easier. Life’s road has faced me head on and it’s been rocky and full of pot holes. But MY LORD has never left my side. There were times that I did’t recognize His presence but He was there. There were times that He had someone here on earth do His work for Him. Without those people for me to lean on, I would have been on the ground.
And that is where I’m going now with this……….
“Give you the same attitude of mind towards each other”! There has been many opportunities I have had to be THAT PERSON for someone else. Some I have enjoyed, some have been hard to bare but all have been a blessing to me and prayerfully to the other. But there have also been those that I refused to walk with. Yes, He simply used someone else more willing to do that job but what blessings did I miss out on because of my refusal?
What opportunities has He placed you in? How many have you used your right of refusal?
Lord, I pray that I am open always. Difficult or not, I want to be available and willing to help others endure and give them hope through my encouragement. Ultimately Lord, I pray that in every action I take and word I speak it will show others Your glory and bring them closer to You. Amen!