Jesus welcomed the people, taught them about the Kingdom of God and healed those in need. Luke 9:11

Seeds of the Kingdom

Seashells

by Tanya Person

20 September 2014

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Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
1 Thessalonians 5:15, NIV

I was thinking about all the different people we have known over the years. Some people have been an important part of my life for a season, then they move on and that season is over. I imagine my life like a stretch of beach on the seaside. People are like the seashells, which are washed in and out by the waves, ever changing. Some remain for a long time while others are in and out again in a moment.

None of us can control who comes in and out of our lives. Our days are in God`s hands. What we can do is ask God to use us as He wants, to touch each life that He brings our way. We don`t know what impact we may have on another person, but we can trust God to lead us and use us. The impact we make on each other can have a lasting effect, whether positive or negative, so, as our verse today says, let`s strive to do good to everyone. Not that we strive in our own strength, but with God`s help, let`s make a positive impact on everyone who comes into our life, whether for a minute or a lifetime. Each one is valuable to God and deserves the best from us.

My youngest daughter recently told me, "When someone seems to be grumpy about doing their job, I try to make eye contact and give them a big smile." It`s amazing how that act can brighten a person`s day. Rather than getting grumpy ourselves because of that person`s attitude, we can do what`s good for that person.

Are you up for the challenge? Let`s pray that God would help us!

Prayer: Lord, thank You for the variety of people You`ve brought into my life. Thank You for all those who`ve done good to me with their words and actions and had a positive effect on my life. I forgive those who`ve had a negative effect on my life, and I repent about the people I`ve hurt in the past. I ask You, Lord, to help me to do good to everyone You bring into my life. Amen.

Tanya Person Tanya and her husband are missionaries to Hungary who have worked with Ellel since 2005. They are part of the regional leadership team for Ellel Central & Eastern Europe, travelling to many countries teaching Ellel schools and helping with the development of Ellel in the region. They have a passion to see leaders restored, the church discipled and walking in God’s fullness of life and freedom, and for mentoring the existing and developing team.

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