For your consideration……

I probably say this a lot but do so again today, “I love today’s message.”

We are all working on or trying to discover our life’s purpose. How can I make a difference? Today’s message reminds us the we make a difference in the smallest acts of kindness and service.

Remember, “no judgement.” All acts of kindness and service big and small are equal when done with pure intention. Remember the Bible story;

The Poor Widow’s Offering
41And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury;

and many rich people were putting in large sums.

42A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent.

43Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury;

Another part of today’s message points out that we may have the best of intentions. We are taking a hard look at the big picture trying to figure out how we can be of service in a big way. We can be so focused on the big picture that we miss those everyday miniscule opportunities to serve;

-Holding a door open

-Giving an encouraging smile

-Giving a penny or quarter to that person in line in front of us who is digging to find the same

-Helping someone struggling load their groceries

-Taking back their shopping cart or taking one to them

-Asking a neighbor if you can pick up some groceries while you are shopping or giving them a ride

-Help someone get something down off of a too tall shelf

-Give cuts in line

-Be a fierce listener

-Be generous with compliments and critique with kindness

-Bring the neighbors trash can up from the curb especially when they are working and they want to blow away

-Treat someone for no reason

-Find out what your domestic violence shelter needs and pick something up next time you are out.

-Same thing with the Humane Society


You get the picture. As I was given today’s message I was reminded of my girlfriend’s husband, Frank. While he was in med school, he used to frequent a sandwich shop in Detroit. Frequently he would come across the same homeless man. When he would he would see him, Frank would always present him with lunch as he was leaving the sandwich shop. It was one small gesture of respect and service from one man to another. It is not about the size of the act. It is about intention from one heart to another.

We are reminded today that we are presented with opportunities to serve on a daily basis. Sometimes we automatically do them and don’t even consider the impact and sometimes we don’t.

Today is a blessing and we have the opportunity to serve in innumerable ways and it is all good…..the big and the small.

That is the HOPE. And so it is.

Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take…..

-Meditate/pray…..establish a clear channel with your Guidance.

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Be joyous as the unofficial start of summer is kicked off.

What made me smile yesterday……

-Fun special 2nd and 3rd graders.

-A warm day full of sunshine.

-Bruce has the lawn looking beautiful. He mowed so the robins immediately appeared looking for worms. They’re no dummies. The shortest grass is the easiest to hunt.

-Day two of the Bruce email tutoring.

-Alex’s birthday email. She loved our corny poem.

-Catching up with Shannon and Jackie.

Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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