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WOMEN’S  MINISTRY


Volume 9  

May 2011

Issue 5

Editor: Cathy Sifuentez 

Published by Central Church of Christ Women                   


BEFORE TODAY SLIPS AWAY

by Rubel Shelly

There are 1,001 things you can choose among to do today which will lighten someone else’s burden and give you a warm feeling of satisfaction that the day has been well spent…

  • Do something thoughtful for a sick or homebound person.

  • Write a note of appreciation to someone who has helped you.

  • Cook, make, or buy a gift for someone.  Give it anonymously if possible.

  •  Offer to babysit one night for a young couple.

Salvation is not a matter of doing good things and earning your way into the favor of God.  But saved people find it increasingly natural and joyous to do things in the Jesus style . . .

  • Forgive someone who has set himself to be your enemy.

  • Take someone who has recently lost a family member in death or who has gone through a divorce to lunch.

  • Do something to make a child smile.

  • Hug someone tightly and say, “I love you.”

When tomorrow gets here, the chance to do any good thing with today will be gone.  You don’t have to cross the ocean or go across town.  You can start in your own house with your family . . .

  • Spend a full hour of one-on-one time with your mate.

  • Tell your parents how much you love them

  • Challenge your family to a game of Scrabble, or Wii tennis, bowling, or Guitar Hero.

 

  • Visit your child and communicate your love and pride for who he/she is.

  • Surprise your brother/sister by saying, “I love you and thank you for putting us in the same family.”

Little things make such an eternal difference . . whether by being done or by being neglected.  Just one loving thing done by you today can make the difference in someone’s eternal welfare.

  • Write a note to someone who recently asked you to pray for him/her and let them know you are doing so today.

  • Visit with someone you think is close to becoming a Christian.  Look for an appropriate opening to share the Gospel.

  • Call a Christian you know to be struggling right now and let him/her know that you are thinking of their needs

  • Tell a Sunday school teacher how much you appreciate what he/she is doing in that role.

You can’t do all the things above today – but you can do one or two . . . and you can keep the list handy for tomorrow and next week.  Time is so precious and days slip by so quickly.  Before today slips away, use it to God’s glory.

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. . .

 

Philippians 2:3-5 NIV

 


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