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Thought and Prayer for Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 TAKE THE FOCUS OFF US

When we spend time teaching others, we are taking the focus off us and our issues and helping them. Teaching others helps us forget our own problems so we can help others with theirs. God calls us to help others. We can help them by building them up in the Lord. Jesus came to this earth not to be served but to serve. We are to live as He did. When we take the focus off of us and put it on Jesus, we will better know how to serve others and desire to please Him rather than ourselves.

SCRIPTURE:
Romans 15:1b-3a “We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn’t live to please himself.” (NLT)

ACTION STEPS:
1. List some things you could do to help others.
2. Write about what lessons you have learned you could teach others.
3. Know God’s plan for your life is to serve and to encourage.
4. Seek out someone today to teach, encourage or serve.

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, we know we sometimes get too focused on ourselves. We think about what things we want. We dwell on the things we don’t have. We wish we were more like other people. Help us to remember You created us just like we are for a reason. We have something special to give and to teach to others. Remind us daily we are here to serve You, help others and live to do Your will. Show us what we can do today that will build others up and help them. Help us to step out and serve. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

REMEMBER:
Keeping our focus on us and our needs will only cause us to want more for ourselves.

Staying focused on us and our wants will move us away from God and His will for us.

Thinking about what we don’t have all the time will only lead us to a pity party.

When we focus on our own pleasures and desires we are on a path of selfishness.

If we really want to prosper, we need to be generous and take the focus off of ourselves and stay focused on God.

FOCUS:
Proverbs 11:25 “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” (NLT)

Taking time to help and serve others will give us true pleasure because that is what God created us to do.
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