Today's eDevotional

Spread Joy

Read:His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.’”  Matthew 25:21 (NIV)

Reflect: Those of you familiar with the Spiderman movies will no doubt remember the words Uncle Ben spoke to Peter Parker as he was in the midst of discovering his unique abilities, “With great power comes great responsibility.” 

This reminds me of how God works with us. He gives us amazing abilities and blessings, not just so we will be blessed, but to enable us to be a blessing to others. He heals us, so we can help others heal. It is our responsibility. 

I’ve discovered that there are unlimited ways you can share your blessings. You can be generous with your time by helping others with projects like cleaning, yard work, or tutoring a child. You can be generous with your words by writing a letter, sending a text or making a phone call to let someone know you are thinking about them. You can be generous with your talents by volunteering at a school or a shelter or at church. When you look for ways to be a blessing, you’ll find the opportunities are everywhere!

The more I have gone out of my way to be a blessing to others the more God has blessed me in ways I could have never imagined. He has given me incredible friendships, good health, work opportunities, and random moments of happiness that are obviously orchestrated by the hand of God. But one of the greatest things we have experienced is the joy that only comes from being a blessing to someone else. 

React: Do you find yourself overly focused on yourself and your problems? Look for a way to make someone else smile today.

Pray: God, I am who you say I am, and I can do what you say I can do. Help me use the gifts you gave me to spread joy to others.