#beintentional

Who Can You Help Today?

By Karen Polich

Proverbs 11:25 The Message (MSG)
25 The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
those who help others are helped.

In the midst of our busy lives, opportunities surround us. We have moments with those close to us and cross paths with strangers as we engage in the day’s to-do list. While we may be consumed with our responsibilities and the need to get things done, we can choose to help others along the way.

How wonderful is it when someone steps in and brightens your day? Even on a great day, a kind word or a helping hand is a blessing. When a day is going from bad to worse, the generosity of another can be the catalyst to a new outlook.

God gives us opportunities to impact others. Sometimes we get to help in “big” ways, while other times it’s something done in the moment. It may not always be life changing, but the little things we do can have real impact. Life is meant to be lived with others. When we take the time to help those around us, we are often the ones who receive the biggest blessing.

A tiny shift in our focus can open our eyes and hearts to the needs around us, bringing blessings we didn’t expect. When we are looking, we can see needs everywhere.

Be intentional. Who do you know that could use a word of encouragement? Simple words of encouragement can lift someone’s spirits.

Slow down and pay attention to those around you. We are often in a rush to get to the next thing. Today, let’s take a closer look at who God puts in our path. How can we influence even a small part of their day?

Demonstrate grace. We all tend to show our worst side when the pressure is high. If someone is less than pleasant, be kind anyway.

When we take the time to slow down and see things around us, our view changes. What kind of day do we want to have? How can we share that with someone?

What if today, we were all intentional about helping someone else? What kind of impact could we make?

5 Ways to Avoid Spiritual Drift

By Karen Polich

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1 (NIV)

An adventurous afternoon of snorkeling came with clear waters and vibrant colors. There was so much to see as the tide carried me along. After several minutes exploring the wonders below the surface, I looked up and realized how far I was from where we started. Focused on the underwater beauty, I didn’t notice where I was going.

Ever wondered how you got somewhere?

Life is full of seasons and change, drifting shouldn’t be one of them. At times we may be so focused on our circumstances that we don’t notice where we are headed. We can avoid the drift in our spiritual life by taking steps to ensure we know where we are going or at least who we are traveling with.

  1. Get connected. “No man is an island.” (John Donne) God did not create us to exist in isolation. We need other people. Connections lead to inspiration, encouragement and accountability.
  2. Spend time with God. Make it a priority to study His Word every day. He has given us the tools we need to stay on track, but we have to use them. Spiritual growth won’t happen if we don’t seek God. Keep a prayer list and make note of when God moves through your prayer life.
  3. Count your blessings. In easy and hard seasons, look at what God is doing. How has He shown His faithfulness in the past? Notice the little things and the big ones.
  4. Encourage someone. Even a few words in a passing moment can change someone’s day. When we look for opportunities to encourage others, we become more aware of where we are. Shifting our focus outward quickly changes our perspective.
  5. Be intentional. Much can be said about the person who is intentional with their time and resources. Floating through life without intention won’t take us where we want to go. Choosing to live with intention means we are aware of who and what we focus on.

Seeking God first will center us on the path best traveled. Take time today to develop a plan to avoid drifting away from the best God has planned.