Topic: Matthew 25:40
"The King will reply, I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" Matthew 25:40
We sat at the cancer agency, my mom's emotional ability to cope with her illness already spent by 9:00 a.m. A gentleman approached my mom, bowed slightly and said, "And a good morning to you." With a smile he carried on his way.
His simple, powerful statement packed a two-point sermon into six words as he first acknowledged my mom and then encouraged her.
Where do your steps lead? Many times we are too busy to notice, never mind partake in another's emotional or physical pain. The incessant ring of cell phones, jam-packed calendars and the glare of computer screens win the war for our attention. Those squeaky wheels often first get greased.
Who or what do you acknowledge first in your life? Seeking God first will refine your priorities and your perspective. You will see Christ in the cancer patient, in your family, in the neighborhood or in the cubicle next to you at work.
Take a step in the right direction. Acknowledge the hurting; encourage them in the midst of their pain. Just start with this simple six-word blessing, "And a good morning to you."
Perhaps you've been uncomfortable around those who are hurting. How will you encourage them today?