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Spirit & Soul

Spirit and Soul is all about eternity. Life ever after with a God who has prepared a place in advance for us. Dig into the Word. Search out your heart. Contemplate where you will spend eternity. . .then choose to offer your life to God.

Hand-Me-Down Influence

Genealogy, family history, and stories that have been passed down from one generation to the next can be both interesting and enlightening.

Over the years, I've learned that my great-grandmother prayed daily for her children. My grandmother was a woman of prayer as well. And my mother had a passion for seeking God's face every evening before going to bed. Because of those three faithful women, I, too, have high regard for prayer and view it as a way to touch God's heart and seek His will.

Paul reminds us that Timothy's grandmother and mother were both women of faith. Righteous king Jotham's genealogy included a priest for a grandfather, uncles who hated paganism, and a second cousin who was none other than the prophet Jeremiah. In both Jotham's and Timothy's cases, the influence of prior generations made a difference in their lives.

We should remember how much the example we set could influence an entire generation. We need to pray for our family, even those who may be lost. And have no doubt. God is on the move, using our prayers as an invitation to bring forth more Timothys, Jothams, and Jeremiahs.

Make sure you are handing down your influence to others.

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Presentation Matters

“Are you going to wear that all day?”

“The curlers and slippers, yes,” I responded, “but I have dress slacks and a nice blouse under this bath robe.”

Discarding the robe, but keeping the rest, I asked if anyone could guess our next Team Tip. After some clamoring, including teasing about my state of mind, someone finally guessed.

“The way we present ourselves makes a difference?”

“Yes. We will call this tip, ‘Presentation Matters.’”

Presentation Matters was the focus for the day as we led our shoppers through their boutique. Whether we served a homeless person, a single parent of five, or a recently freed convict on work-release, our team made sure to show each shopper that they mattered.

The following Saturday, I noticed our team had discarded the holy jeans and stained shirts (whew!) to dress professionally. They told me if I promised not to wear curlers again, they would remember presentation matters.

Presentation matters. May I insert an “our” in front of this? Our presentation matters. Jesus demonstrated this when He called Zacchaeus from a sycamore tree to arrange a dinner and when He met Peter post-resurrection to extend much-needed forgiveness.

Whether Jesus presented Himself to a believer who had lost his way, a sinner who was entangled, or a disciple who had erred, He showed love as His chief characteristic. Those whom He spoke to could readily see His majesty, but it went further than His appearance. They recognized the Spirit within Him. We must do the same.

Our presentation of Christ matters most. Our best occurs when the Holy Spirit within us shines like a beacon and when we permit the Spirit of the LORD to love each person through us. Our Savior is counting on us to continue what He began.

Do people see Christ in how you present yourself?

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I Saw Him

I was in a hurry, but I saw him as I crossed the street.

He was a young man, digging in a garbage can. Despite my haste to cross the street, I noticed he took out one bag and reached for another. I was short on time, so I chose not to recognize him as one created in the image of God.

For decades, I had always prided myself on having a spare dollar readily available to gift someone in need. That day as always, I had the dollar in my phone case. I saw his need, but I did not give him the dollar.

As I continued my journey, my spirit became troubled. I was ashamed of my inaction. An opportunity had presented itself to do what God wanted me to do—care for others—and I failed. God reminded me that He sees everything we do and do not do.

Jesus has called us to show kindness, but when we choose not to, we have not shown kindness to Him. We all want to find favor with God, and we say that we love Him, but when we fail to do good to the “least of these,” we have not shown our love for Him.

We should do as God has commanded by showing love. And a loving action would have been for me to give the dollar to the young man. On the day I ignored him, I failed God.

God can help us see those who are in need. He can also help us seize the opportunities to do good works. And when we do for others, we do for God.

Ask God for the opportunities and the desire to do good to others.

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Discernment for Investments

Spreading our potential avenues for profit is wise.

Imagine a king who seeks to invest his royal treasury. He determines what his kingdom is fruitful in and what his kingdom lacks. He calls the wise men of his kingdom to help him with the task of managing his finances and considers the areas that could become a loss if not pursued properly.

One of his wise men remembers that a famine comes around the king’s lands almost every year. He urges the king to invest in food to sell to his people during the famine—not only for profit but also to prevent a rebellious uprising from the kingdom’s citizens. The king listens to his advice and agrees. He signs a royal decree to take investments from the treasury to ensure his kingdom’s survival and eventual prosperity.

Times and seasons have this in common: the Lord determines their portion. Seasons change, and the wisdom to seek opportunity—given the right circumstances—should be a discipline practiced diligently.

We must investigate how we can become more profitable in certain areas of our life. And not only with our finances, but also our time, relationships, and generosity. God can help us become wiser in managing our investments and more diligent in seeking new ones we’ve never considered.

Ask God to give you wisdom with investing and in discerning the times ahead.

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Do You See Me?

“Watch me, Grandma, watch me!”

My granddaughter bounced up and down, waving her little hands to make sure I watched her attempt at gymnastics. After each flip, she paused to make sure I was still paying attention. “Did you see me, Grandma? Did I do good?”

As children grow, they need constant approval and affirmation as they try new things. They want to be seen. But what about adults? Does that need ever go away completely?

We all need to be seen, and we all need to be loved. Trying to fulfill those needs apart from the Lord will leave us empty and feeling invisible.

But with God, we are…

Fully Seen

We are not invisible. God sees us completely, inside and out, every moment of every day. He sees our tears, our pain, and our needs. He views us through the shed blood of Jesus, clothed in His robe of righteousness.

Fully Known

God knew us before we were ever conceived. In fact, we were His idea. He knows our thoughts and the desires of our heart. He knows the number of hairs on our head. And He’s even engraved our name on the palm of His hand.

Fully Loved

God loves us so much He gave the best He had to give. He sent His only Son to suffer and die for us so we can spend eternity with Him. His love is unconditional and unending. He loves us despite our weaknesses and imperfections. He doesn’t play favorites, and we never have to perform to win His approval. Nothing in heaven or on earth can separate us from that amazing love.

When you feel invisible in this crazy world, know that God sees you when it feels as if no one else does. You are fully seen, fully known, and fully loved.

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