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Monday, October 19, 2009

Does it truly make a difference?

Does it truly make a difference when...

...I talk to the person at the drive-thru about the weather?

...I let a car in front of me that seems to be in a hurry?

...I listen to a store clerk talk about how much her back hurts?

...I hold the door open for someone else (or teach my children to)?

...I put the grocery cart in the spot it belongs?

...I refuse to talk or text on my cell phone when I'm in someone else's company?

...I take the time to tell someone thank-you?

...I get off the computer and play on the floor with my kids?

...I occasionally serve somewhere I'm needed instead of somewhere I'm gifted?

...I pray for someone's pet or for a neighbor's house to sale?

...I choose silence instead of a comeback or opinion?

...I applaud someone else who is in the spotlight I'd like to be in myself?

...I tell someone "You did a great job today"?

...I tell someone the truth in love?

...I examine my priorities and my choices?

...I say "you" in a conversation more than I say "I"?

What do you think makes a difference for the kingdom? Or not?

James 3:13-18 (NIV)
"Who is wise and understanding among you?
Let him show it by his good life,
by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom."

"In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
Matthew 5:16

By His grace, through the power and leading of His Holy Spirit, let's live God large by letting Him reign in the small. In doing so, He can truly make a difference.

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Blogger Denise said...

This was wonderful.

October 19, 2009 at 1:48 AM  
Blogger pamfidler said...

There are so many times we as a general public and as Christians in particular could and should show more consideration and compassion to others thanks for these reminders. Love this post.

October 19, 2009 at 8:56 AM  
Blogger CeeCee said...

Makes a HUGE difference! Thanks LauraLee

October 19, 2009 at 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Tami said...

It makes a difference...
To my children who are learning
to my coworkers who are judging
to my heart that is growing
to my Father who is watching.

October 19, 2009 at 11:59 AM  
Blogger LauraLee Shaw said...

Love that, Tami!

October 19, 2009 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Faith Imagined said...

Very powerful writing! Gives me a lot to self-reflect on!

October 19, 2009 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger Need More Words said...

It does make a difference, to them, and to ourselves. It feels good to forget yourself and think of others. I think God smiles when He sees this happen.

October 19, 2009 at 10:59 PM  
Anonymous Laurel@FromMyHeartToYours said...

Sweet LauraLee, it's so nice to see you today. Thank you so much for this post! WOW, it makes SUCH a difference!

Tami, I love that too - thanks for posting that.

May He bless your beautiful heart today LauraLee.
Hugs from Canada

October 20, 2009 at 11:51 AM  
Blogger Dee Yoder said...

Yes! All these things DO make a difference. I have the most trouble with this one:

"I choose silence instead of a comeback or opinion"

Especially when a Christian man posts nasty comments about his fellow Christians (calling them idiots and worse) just because they have a different political view from him! My mouth wants to open and spill out defensive words instead of just keeping quiet and asking God to soften his heart. So much MORE can be accomplished with prayer!

Thanks for posting these--I love the one also about serving where needed instead of where my gifts are...that takes a REAL servant's heart!

Praying for you as you prepare for your journey soon, too. Love you!

October 20, 2009 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger LauraLee Shaw said...

Thank you, Dee. Your prayers mean a TON to me! As does the encouragement. :D

October 21, 2009 at 1:34 PM  

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