Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Reaching out on February the 14th

Yesterday, Carolyn McCulley posted a link to a thought provoking article of hers regarding why singles need to change their focus on February 14th from self-centeredness and self-pity to ministry (serving the poor and needy). She writes mainly for a female audience, but this article along with much of her other posts are very far-reaching and of interest to both genders.

Here are a couple of quotes worth thinking about:

"To encounter loneliness through the eyes of faith is to see opportunities to minister love. Grace translates singleness into outreach. There are plenty of people on Valentine’s Day or other holidays, parties or weddings – single and married – who need someone to carry God’s love to them. With this perspective, let’s resolve when we next feel lonely or awkward, to use those emotions to remind us that others nearby may be feeling the same way."

"There are three spiritual benefits to serving the poor and needy around us: 1) it glorifies God and blesses others, 2) it builds our local churches, and 3) it’s a great antidote to self-pity."

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4 Comments:

Blogger Luke said...

That's a great practical reminder. I like teachings from which I can learn application of God's principles.

2:24 PM  
Blogger dona said...

I enjoyed that article, also.

I don't think I could be reminded too much that my focus should not be on what I do/don't have, but rather on how I can show God's love to others. Practical application of the Word is always amazing. :)

1:47 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Great reminder,

I also wanted to say, I appreciate your comments on Lukes blog.

It seems to me that you must have prayed for wisdom in the past, because it was given.

Wisdom comes from the valleys of life, not the hills. Makes me curious of you testimony.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Thank you for your comments everyone!

6:35 PM  

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