A YEAR IN THE NOW

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August 21: MAKE CONTACT!

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“Then He turned to the host. ‘The next time you put on a dinner, don’t just invite your friends and family and rich neighbors, the kind of people who will return the favor. Invite some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. You’ll be – and experience – a blessing. They won’t be able to return the favor, but the favor will be returned – oh, how it will be returned! – at the resurrection of God’s people.'” (Luke 14:12-14 – The Message)

 

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because the love of God in me is enlarging my heart to such a size that it is having to break out (and break free) of the little fortress of selfish interests that I have built around it in a vain attempt to protect it from harm. My enlarged heart will reach out to make contact with someone, even if it is risky . . . even if it is dangerous . . . because there is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear!

2.  Today I will love the unlovable and touch the untouchable. The Christ in me will flow like a river of reconciliation to those who have been rejected and refused. I will gladly fill the role of a good Samaritan when the opportunity presents itself and, in so doing, the Kingdom will come and the will of the Father will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

3. Today I will not be overly and unnecessarily concerned with protecting my reputation when it comes to reaching out to someone who really needs my help. I will lay down my life for them, by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.

4.  Today I will make time for people and will show a genuine interest in what is happening in their lives. I will show respect for others and make the people around me feel important and special — by making eye contact when we speak; by a firm handshake; by listening and reacting appropriately; by calling people by their names; by displaying good manners; by being thoughtful and considerate; by being helpful and generous; by showing them the real Jesus.

5. Today I will pray for someone else’s needs, taking them as seriously as I would take my own.

6. Today I will communicate to others on their level – relating to them in a real way. I will not be insensitive or judgmental, accepting people as they are and ushering them to the mercy seat of the Christ Who loves them unconditionally.

7. Today I will be kind to strangers, knowing that I may be unwittingly entertaining angels (Hebrews 13:2), and today I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to make the right contacts today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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February 19: HELP SOMEBODY!

 

“And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'” (Matthew 25:40) helping-hands2

1. Today I will live in the now! I will live in the now because of my God-given ability to move beyond the limits of my selfishness, into the universe of usefulness. I will make my life count today by being a blessing . . . translating what I believe into what I do . . . making a positive difference in the surrounding environment.2. Today I will make a genuine effort to bring Kingdom solutions to the people in the world around me, using my covenant prosperity to be a blessing to mankind. I am a giver . . . a contributor . . . a benefactor . . . a participator in the pursuit of purpose . . . an opener of doors and a builder of bridges.

3. Today I will invest in my future as I sow into relationships that will prove to be part of my destiny. I will lend a helping hand, knowing that I may need help later. “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10).

4. Today I will look beyond the faults of those who need my help, and will supply their need, to the best of my ability, with a spirit of non-judgmental, unconditional love. I will help someone, just because it is the right thing to do.

5. Today my mind will be full of ideas of how to help, and my creativity will give birth to those ideas. I will be a light in the darkness . . . a healer . . . a world changer.

6. Today I will really listen to God, and to the people who need my help. I will follow His leading in how to meet needs, and I will hear with spiritual ears the cries of the hearts of those that He has placed around me. The field is the world, and I will be a laborer in the harvest.

7. Today I will not be overwhelmed by the demands of those who need my help, because the Spirit – the Paraclete – the Helper – will be with me today to help me as I help others. By His grace I will do what I can, but I will also rest in Him, and cast my care on Him, because the government is on His shoulder. Today I will help to make the world a better place in which to live, and today I will live in the now!

 
Father, show me how to be there today for someone who really needs my help – help me to be helpful. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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January 21: RELATIONSHIPS NOW!

 

Consequently, from now on we estimate and regard no one

from a [purely] human point of view

[in terms of natural standards of value]….

(2 Corinthians 5:16 AMP)

 

1.       Today I will live in the now!  I will live in the now because of the covenant relationships in my life and the way that they reveal Jesus to me.  The people in my life—family, loved ones, acquaintances, business partners, neighbors, friends (both close and distant) and enemies alike—are all working out a higher purpose in me and, therefore, I will thank God for them all!

 

2.       Today I will succeed because I walk in love and love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).  The God-kind of love is shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost, and that love will enable me to exist in a supernatural dimension of harmony, forgiveness and grace toward everyone with whom I come into contact.

 

3.       Today I will enjoy the comfort of friendship.  Knowing that “a friend loves at all times…” (Proverb 17:17), I will believe and accept that I am loved.  I deserve friends because I have shown myself friendly (18:24), and today my life will be improved because of them, as iron sharpens iron (27:17).

 

4.       Today I will embrace the benefits of commitment.  I will not be hesitant to make a required withdrawal from the lives of those into whom I have made an investment.  I will give of myself freely, fully understanding the demands imposed upon me by my relationships, ignoring the risks.  I will ask for help when I need it.

 

5.       Today I will speak the truth in love (“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” – Proverb 27:6).  Life is in the power of the tongue, so I will not avoid confrontation when necessary nor fear possible rejection, because there is no fear in love.

 

6.       Today I will be unselfish with my time and attention.  I will let those who play significant roles in my life know how important they are to me by my words and by my actions.  I will be touchable.

 

7.       Today I will work toward improving my relationship with God, with others, and with myself.  My life will be enriched by relating to people.  Today I will make a connection, and today       I will live in the now!

 

Father, help me to value my relationships today.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

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