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Daily Devotional
2021. 02
24
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A CLOSER LOOK
Matthew 25:31-46

Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.— Galatians 6:2 (KJV)

Twice a year my church picks up trash along two miles of roadway. We divide into groups and start at each end, working until we meet each other.
I remember the first time we went out. I was scanning the sides of the roads while riding to our starting point. Upon our arrival, I made the statement, “This shouldn’t take long; there’s not much trash along this section.” We gathered up our bags and equipment and started out. About two minutes into picking up trash, I changed my mind. What I could not see riding by at 25 mph, I could see now that I was slowly walking. Where did all these pieces of plastic, foam, paper, and glass come from?
It then occurred to me that this same problem of perspective applies to other aspects of my life. How many people do I come in contact with each day at church, at the store, the bank, or at work, only to say, “How are you” and barely wait to hear the response, “Fine and you?” If I’m so busy with my own life that I quickly pass others by, I may be missing an opportunity to bear someone else’s burden. It could be as simple as a word of encouragement, a listening ear, a prayer. When I slow down enough to hear or see the struggle in another’s life, I can “fulfill the law of Christ.”

Prayer |

Heavenly Father, help us to see those around us who need lifting up. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Thought for the Day |

If I slow down, God can show me opportunities to lift others up.

Prayer Focus |

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Writer |

George Hilliard (Virginia, USA)