Are we on mission?

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.  Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;  do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  Philippians 4:4-8
As we go about our day, it seems that there is so much to think about.  The upcoming elections, weather patterns, dealings overseas, local economies, national economies, global economies, sports, movies, awards, celebrities, our neighbors, the homeless, all these things can cover your Facebook feed in a matter of seconds.  Our brains, much like our iCloud accounts, get very full very quickly.  What are we supposed to do about all the hurt going on in this world?  The answer is simple, but not necessarily easy.  We do what we can.  We give the rest to God.
We do what we can with what we have when an opportunity presents itself.  Yes, we are very busy, but we are typically at fault for the lack of free time in our own schedules, are we not?  Have your considered going back over your budget, or your weekly schedule, now that we find ourselves almost a month into a new year?  Perhaps there are a few things that could be pushed off of your plate to make room for more time with God, or more resources to help out those that are less fortunate than your family.
If you’re not seeing many positive, loving things on your social media feeds, share something that is.  Do your best to brighten it up.  Don’t let negativity dominate.
Keep your eyes open for opportunities to bless someone’s day.  Don’t make assumptions about what someone will do with your gift.  That’s between them and God.  Bless someone anyway.  That’s what we’re here to do.
Thirst for the word of God.  Make reminders for yourself to read His Word daily.  Find a podcast from a church to start listening to during the week.  Fill your mind with Scripture and you will feel better prepared to wade into the world that we are called to rescue the lost from.
Remember that everyone is made in the image of God, by God, and loved by Him.  Treat them as such.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”  Matthew 6:33-34.

We do what we can.  We give the rest to God.  And then we do it again.
God bless.  Stay on mission.
In Him,
Adam Marshall
Young Families Minister
Education DIrector
Sherwood Church of Christ
Odessa, TX

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