Day 40: 50 Days of Impact

The man sitting on the sidewalk, head low, cup at his feet asking for change. The woman bundled up pushed her cart containing all her life possessions. The family of six stuffed in a one bedroom apartment. Those lined up for their next meal at the shelter. The hitchhiker trying to get home. The person sitting next to you on the bus or subway. The senior living in your neighborhood. The single mom, the single dad. Who is a stranger to you?


“Keep on loving each other as brothers and sisters. Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. Remember also those being mistreated, as if you felt their pain in your own bodies.”

Hebrews 13:1-3 NLT



I wonder when the last time you have shown hospitality to a stranger? Taken time away from your busyness and complex life to show genuine interest in what’s going on around you. What would you do today if God put a stranger in your path to talk to, help or care for?

Are you ready to minister to them or do you think it would be something you would walk past? I pray that it isn’t someone you would purposefully walk past, that you would see the person that needs you and needs to know Jesus.

If someone at your workplace was being mistreated would you stand up and say something? Or would you ignore it as something that just happens? Does injustice stir your heart or are you so hard hearted that it doesn’t bother you? We need to stand up for injustice, look after the mistreated and show Gods mercy and grace. Doesn’t mean we don’t do our jobs, but involve God in our decision making would help us make wiser choices.

Know anyone in jail?  I have. Don’t forget them like a single sock stuffed in the corner of your sock drawer never to be seen from again. Pray for them. Write them. Love them. Encourage them. Life isn’t over. Jesus wants to have a relationship with them. Give them hope that once their term is over they can start anew.


It is hard to make an impact in our world for Jesus when we focus only on ourselves. Life isn’t centered on us. Life is centered on our relationship with God. When we finally realize this then we can start sharing ourselves with others and start reaching others with the truth.


Father, we live our lives oblivious to those around us. Open our eyes to see the opportunities to share your love. Don’t let us pass them without doing something. Anything. Holy Spirit tug at us so hard that we are moved to do something. They matter to you God, so they will matter to me. No exceptions. Give us many opportunities even today to share your love with those around us. Amen



Day 27: 50 Days of Impact

All over the world, every week we hear of some disaster or tragedy that is affecting someone. We as Christians, have no excuse not to be helping those in need. It is never wrong to help those who are in need. To turn a blind eye and say, ‘that’s not our problem’ is to ignore the very command of Jesus to love one another. Michael W. Smith compelled us with the song ‘Love isn’t love until you give it away’. Are we hoarding the love of God, or are we sharing it with compassion, ready to make a difference where ever it may be?


“Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home.”

John 19:25-27 NLT


Even in his death Jesus was show compassion. He wanted to ensure his mother was taken care of. What amazing love he has for people. Do we care about the people around us? I mean really care? Jesus at the brink of death was still thinking of others.


I sometimes wonder why we miss this point. We need to be a church who had our community in mind and working at helping the needs of those around us. 


How then will we go out and show compassion to those around us? Are we waiting for a big event to shake our neighborhood before we jump into action? Or are we ready to help those in need with the little things, blankets for the cold, shelter for the homeless, love for the unloved, or food for the hungry?


Must we wait until the church leadership makes a push forward and then we jump onboard, or are we willing to just go and do it on our own? Sometimes waiting for someone else to make a move will slow you down, get up and show compassion because you want to not because someone tells you it needs to be done, or organizes it. You may be the change maker needed to start something big. One person’s compassion can change a community and beyond.


Love isn’t love until you give it away. Are you ready to share love and compassion that was given to you?


Jesus, As we remember the day you died for us, let us remember your compassion for those in need and work to follow your example of love for the hurting. Thank you for your sacrifice, let us desire to sacrifice our needs for you. Use me to meet the needs of those around me, let me not try to hoard you love, I want to give it away. Amen