Posts Tagged "comfort"

Do They Know You At The Coffee Shop?

Do They Know You At The Coffee Shop?

I have a dear friend who regularly gets coffee and sometimes a breakfast sandwich at the same place every workday morning. For many years she has purchased and given away little “pass-along” cards that have words of encouragement and blessing. Usually she writes a note on the back and, when she knows the name of the individual, she personalizes it. Over the years this small gesture has given her the opportunity to sow hundreds of small faith seeds into the lives of people in all kinds of places. Because of this act of caring, she’s formed casual friendships with them. The coffee shop isn’t the only place she leaves her cards. Grocery stores, the local bank, restaurants and other locations are ripe for moments of personal connection. As a result, the people who work in these places have come to know and trust her—they look forward to getting these tokens. One told her, “I still have the first one you gave me.” Another said, “I have all of them.” Then she let her see where they were displayed in her work area. She’s an amazing example of finding a way not only to share the love of Jesus, but to demonstrate that these people matter to her. One time a person commented, “This is a great ministry. How did you come up with the idea?” God gives each of us ideas we can use to spread His love in ways suited to our personalities and lifestyles. As Colossians says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.” Think about it today. What can you do to sow the love of God into lives around...

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Decaf Life

Decaf Life

I love early morning. First bird songs before dawn. Moments of solitude. Each day the gentle whir of the ceiling fan and the dependable click of the clock greet me in the dark. My mind springs to alertness and I open my eyes, ready to plunge into the day. Because I’m naturally wired, I usually drink decaf. My pop-up Jan-in-the-box temperament makes people suppose I choose caffeine as my energy source. Not so much. A few years back, I did drink the high-powered stuff. When my heart decided to abandon its natural calm beat for an erratic rhythm after that energizing brew, (making me feel more weird than normal), I weaned off my every day dose. I’ve been asked, especially late in the afternoon, “Then where does all your energy come from?” Easy. From my Designer, the source of who I am and how I run. With few exceptions, I start the day by reading my Bible, not to analyze, but to hear the voice of the one who loves me best. He has the right plan, guides me into growth, and remains faithful to me even when my life collapses. Every coffee buzz fades. But Jesus is the energy source that never diminishes, perfectly able to prepare and strengthen me for all that comes whether happy surprises or devastating disappointments. Time spent with him anchors me in a place where word by word, he builds the foundation of my interior life. He strengthens the walls and ceiling of my heart, furnishing his dwelling place, with peace and purpose. My decaf life draws power and clarity from a more reliable source than a beverage. Every java jolt diminishes, but not the Holy Spirit. Jesus explained that we shouldn’t live on bread alone but on every word of his. That’s how I access energy. What do you...

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