Posted by: mikenicholsblog | September 14, 2009

no excuses

You have your struggles, and I have mine. Life as we know it, will always have a new issue right around the corner. Because of these impending circumstances, our tendency is to exert a disproportionate amount of mental energy on our ourselves. Perhaps I should be more direct … we are selfish. Our encouragement on the journey, however, is that we can be men and women who acknowledge the difficultly of looking beyond our own needs, and consciously model the life of Christ … the greatest Giver.

As you start this week, your issues are before you.  But the world you live in has others with hurts, burdens, money struggles and a litany of other problems.  My challenge to you: will you take the counsel of the Father and selflessly reach out?  You don’t have to be compulsive in looking to meet needs, just be willing and look around.  What does the Word say?

Proverbs 12:25
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

Proverbs 16:24
Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

I have been helped often by the healing touch of a friend’s counsel.  Without a doubt there are those today in your world who need a kind word.  Be a conduit of God’s grace.  Stepping beyond normal boundaries may be in the Lord’s design for you.  Some of you wonder how you can reach out, with so much already on your own plate.  But if as Mark 10:45 states: For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many”, how then can we ignore the opportunities to care that are placed before us.

If you are anything like me, when the spiritual energy is low, I want to look the other way.  But when I am down, “please, someone give me a word”. The truth is that we all need kind, healing words.  And as Christ followers, we also need to give them.  Isaiah 50:4 has an insightful take for anyone caring to reach out.

Isaiah 50:4
The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary.  He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.

I am impressed that those seeking to be fully devoted followers can have an instructed tongue (because of what you let the Father teach you).  That tongue will often know a word that will sustain the weary.  The design of God for believers is a life of giving, not just when we feel like it.  So use the grace you have received to be an avenue of healing for the weary. If you were in a season of difficulty, what would you need?  Someone in your life may need the same today.

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