Sunday, September 7, 2008

Reflective Sunday

I, like many others, have been touched deep to the core of my being with all the struggles so many of us who blog are going through. It leads me to believe that many others who do not blog are also facing some tough things and trying times.

I myself am facing a merger at the company I work for. Many will lose their jobs. I could be one of them. But I know my Jesus has things under control, no matter what happens. I worry most about those who don't Jesus. I am convicted to reach out to them in the next 3 weeks. By then the merger will most likely close and the dirty deed of layoffs will surely start. Lord, help me and my fellow Christian co-workers to reach as many as we can, so they might have a reason to hope!

I pray we are reaching out to others not in the blog community, asking how we can pray and help. Sometimes they need something tangible, a physical need met. We need to be willing to meet that need.

I am riveted this week to the following scripture. I pray you will be too.

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)

Let us this week:

  • Consider others
  • Look after the interest of others
  • Praise God that we are saved
  • Help others know our precious Savior

Be blessed and be a blessing to others!


Leebird said...


Joyful said...

Great challenge for this week Mari. I will be asking the Lord to give me eyes to see the needs around me and praying He will use me for His glory alone.


Amy said...

As leebird said, "Amen!":)

God Bless,

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Thank you, Mari, for this reminder. One, we are in this together and are all facing trials of our own. Two, we are so much better off than others because we have Christ and therefore, we do need to consider others better than ourselves in the sense of reaching out to them and sharing with them what we have (particularly spiritual). Eph. 2:3-5 is a scripture I know and love but have never committed completely to memorization.

Thank you, Mari, for your VERY sweet and VERY encouraging comment. YOU have blessed my socks off. I hope I have the "haves" you listed but it's nice to hear someone else say it to.
Blessings, sweet friend.

Audra Krell said...

Hi Mari,
Thanks for this great reminder. Considering others can change the world.

Jill said...

Thanks for the comments you've left on my blog - having one of those mornings where my strength isn't where I'd like it to be, but was thankful to hear of your prayers for me. You said it well in your post, we have hope and in this dark time I am reminded of what a gift that is. I already sense God bringing bad from good as this experience is motivating me to step out and really share my faith. Blessings to you and my prayers are with you as well,

Ava Semerau said...

What a great verse to live by, not only this week but every week. Thanks for challenging me to do so.

I’d like to invite you to participate in a blog book tour I’m having October 1. The tour topic is “Do what it says” from James 1:22, a verse I use extensively in And God Was Pleased: Biblical Principles for Creating Christian Success.

If you’re interested, here’s a
with some additional information.

Cheryl Barker said...

Mari, thanks for visiting my blog today! I happened to post part of the scripture passage you mentioned on my blog this week, too (v. 4). Neat, huh? :) May God continue to keep you in peace as you go through the lay-offs. With your outlook, I'm sure He will use you to bless others.