“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others…”(Philippians 2:4 NIV)
I’m pretty sure that many would agree that 2012 is passing by at a quick speed. Not only is time passing by so quickly, but life is full. It’s very easy to be too busy with life, family, work, church, and other responsibilities. Almost every person I know—young, old, male, female, married, or single—complains about how busy he/she is. When one is busy, which seems to be always lately, there is not enough time to fit in every responsibility and others too.
How does one find time for anything anymore? The safe thing to do is say ‘no’ to anything extra, especially those unplanned and spontaneous opportunities that pop up. We couldn’t possibly say yes right? We have to go to work, clean the house, pay some bills, or we are just plain ol’ tired. Well here is a wise and friendly reminder courtesy of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes those things that spontaneously show up are opportunities for the Kingdom of God to advance!
The things you will be rewarded for in heaven are not the houses, cars, clothes, bank accounts, or careers that you attain here. The things that will matter most are the things you have done for others because of Him. Calling that elderly person who has no family and talking to them for a while, inviting your child to lay in the bed with you while you watch a movie and share laughs, giving a single mom who needs a break a twenty-five dollar pedicure, or writing an EmpowerMoment for a friend who didn’t have enough time to write one are those things that matter most. Taking every chance to walk in love and express love to others is one thing that can surely move my Father’s heart! Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart. (1 Peter 1:22 NIV)
This EmpowerMoment was given by the Holy Spirit at an unplanned and spontaneous time. I was on my way to sleep when I received an email from one of my team members. She was so honest and genuine in her request for help and although I was tired, the Lord said otherwise. I must agree that a time like this is when you get the best testimony and juiciest experience. I’m glad that when my sister called and asked for my help, I paused before I spoke the word ‘no’ and replaced it with a ‘yes’ so that this reminder could get to you.
Thank You for Your unfailing love! I thank You for giving me the wisdom to know when I need to proceed and say yes. I thank You for giving me the heart to love and express love towards others. I pray I continue to trust You and follow Your lead each day as You bless me with more opportunities to give You glory and express Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, the next time something pops up unplanned and not on your agenda, I EMPOWER you to do the following: Pause and Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit for discernment and instruction of what the Father desires for you to do. He may give you the go ahead of saying ‘no’ or maybe He will make you replace it with a ‘yes’. Try it and see what happens!
Are you finding time to have these kinds of experiences?
Mrs. Lisa M. Purnell-Marshall is happily married to the wonderful and inspiring Antoine L. Marshall. She is the proud mother of two gorgeous girls. Her voice is one of the leading and authentic voices for breast-feeding, especially for the African-American community and Generation Y. She currently works inside of her home and plans to become a professional licensed lactation consultant in 2014. She and her family are members at Spirit of Liberty Church located in Markham, IL. Embracing the love that God has for her, Lisa labors to live an acceptable and pure life through the leading and keeping of the Holy Spirit so that her attitude, words, and actions attract the glory of God. In her free time she loves receiving manis and pedis. Her favorite promises that she find comfort and reassurance in are: Psalm34:19: “A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all” and Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”