Many people born to be leaders and have not stepped up to the plate yet. There are many leaders whose time have come and gone.
Who will take your hand and lead you through hard times? Who will walk with you and give you a song to sing on cold winter days? Who will lead you beside still waters and speak to your soul?
“Peace, Be Still“
Lead me on, precious LORD!
I have watched this dog for a few years walking around my neighborhood. I don’t know where his home is but he’s always hanging out near a popular eatery. I see him in the dead of winter and on the hottest day of the year. And he’s never around other dogs.
I saw him one morning standing in the middle of the empty parking lot. By himself, as usual. He was intent on listening. With his ears perked up, he was watching and listening for something or someone. He stood there for a couple of minutes, long enough for me to take some pictures. This was my chance to actually see him up close. Yea!
As he stood there, he would turn his head back in a way as if he had heard his master calling. But there was no misunderstanding about it, he was fully listening and watching someone or something in the opposite direction.
Who, or what, catches your attention? Who, or what causes you to listen when your attention should be elsewhere? Some young people are so fixated on certain people in the entertainment industry. They are easily swayed by the music and lyrics that they listen to. Sometimes they imitate what they see and hear. This could be a problem if their imitation is in a destructive way. In this case, young people should listen to their parents when they ask them to change direction, to get off the destructive path they’re on. It isn’t only the entertainment industry. There are so many other factors vying for, not only their attention, but grown ups, as well. We need to be mindful of who or what we’re listening to on a daily basis. Let’s make sure we listen to words that motivate us in doing good, in building one another up, and moving us forward in positive ways.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring…all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:7
I remember it was a warm sunny day and I was about to wipe my car dry after washing it when a storm cloud came up suddenly over my head. I had just enough time to put the car in the garage before the clouds opened and the rain fell.
You may think that I got upset because I had just washed the car, uh? Actually, I didn’t. Quite the opposite.
I remember saying, “Thank You, Father!” as I drove the car into the garage, being grateful that I didn’t get rained on and for making me spiritually aware of His presence in my life.
Just a few months earlier, things in my life had begun shifting. I also had a minor car accident that wasn’t entirely my fault. A friend had talked to me about going to church. All of these things made me question myself, and life in general.
As I was drying off the car my mind entertained some of those questions. Suddenly, just like the storm cloud over head, faith in something bigger and powerful than myself started sprouting. Right then, by faith, I realized that my questions and spiritual hunger would eventually be answered and met. I became spiritually and personally aware that a Higher Power was in control of everything, and that it had played a significant influence in my life as far back as I could recall.
I’ve walked by faith ever since. I’ve not yet fully bloomed to be all that God intends for me to be. Still I thank Him that I’m not where or who I used to be. God is, and always has been, faithful.
Praise be to God, my Heavenly Father.
“Compassion does not mean to be solicitous to someone who appears to be stray, imperfect, or needy. It means to see that person as we see ourselves, as unique human beings with wants, hopes, needs, dreams, and desires.” ~ Gail Pursell Elliott
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