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Pay attention

The task for us is to make ourselves available to God each day and to pay attention.  – Adam Hamilton, author of Why? Making Sense of God’s Will        boy and girl watching

Paying attention has been on my heart lately.  It takes so little effort to make someone feel good and appreciated.  Actually, the reverse is true as well.  Simple actions can make or break a day.

People who make other people feel good are people you want to be around.  Time when people are around you is time and opportunity for you to witness.  Anytime you do something kind is a witness.  The reverse of that is true as well.

Mr. Hamilton is right.  I want to be more available to God and pay more attention; to God and His children.

Salvation First

Romans 10:1blog photo little girl praying

Brothers, my hearts desire and prayer for the Israelites is that they may be saved.

I started writing down my prayer list in 2010.  There was usually an unwritten petition beside each name.  I would pray, “You know the needs as I lift up the names.”  But I would also pray for salvation first, wisdom second.

Most human petitions are physical, financial, relational, or professional in nature.  But they are secondary to the spiritual.  Salvation always comes first.

What is on your prayer list?  Who is on your prayer list?

Do your prayers reflect the greatest desire of your heart, which is for lives to be saved.  Before promotions, healings, windfalls, and weddings, every name on your list needs salvation before anything else.

No matter how other prayers are answered, if you have love for and faith in your Savior, everything else is manageable.  EVERYTHING else!

Paul’s heart

I started reading Romans this morning and found my fingers flying as I was making notes on key points.   The first 17 verses are beautiful expressions of OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPaul’s heart and wise instruction for followers.  Phrases that got my attention include:

  • Obedience that comes from faith
  • God whom I serve with my whole heart
  • I long to see you
  • That you and I may be mutually encouraged by each others faith
  • The righteous will live by faith

I was particularly struck by verse  9 , “God whom I serve with my whole heart.”  What does serving God with your whole heart look like?  If I was being followed 24/7, would people say that of me? If I can’t even picture it I can presume the answer to be no!

What I would want whoever was following me to see is that I was trying; I was making a conscience effort to do the right thing in God’s eyes.  That my love for my Lord made me a different person, a better person.  I would want them to see me studying the Bible and putting  God’s word into practice (again, trying too).

I was also struck by verse 11 where Paul told the followers in Rome, “I long to see you.  Not, “I’m looking forward to,” or “Can’t wait to,” Paul said he longed to see them.  What a beautiful thing to say to someone.  You can feel Paul’s love just by reading the words.

That’s another goal to strive for; making people feel special.  Imagine a day when everyone’s goal was to make anyone they came into contact with feel special.  Or if that goal is too lofty, making your family members feel longed for, not just loved, longed for!

What could you change so that your heart was more Paul-like?  How could you be better at serving God with your whole heart?