It’s Monday again. This week has a ton of potential. Yesterday at church, we started a three-week series called Celebration of Hope, during which we will learn about churches around the world, serve churches in Africa and South America by providing for community needs like seeds, medical supplies, and clean water, and help equip their pastors and youth leaders. I could wait out the week and see what the teaching is next Sunday, but I can’t do it, I’m taking this last Sunday right into Monday. Here’s my to-do list:
I’m expecting to encounter God today.
This tops my list again this week because there is just nothing better. Psalm 89:14 (NLT) says that unfailing love and truth walk before God as attendants. I’m looking for unfailing love and truth. There, I’ll find God.
I’m reading Scripture out loud to myself.
This one from Acts 2:42-47 never gets old to me or fails to fire me up. When the church operates this way, it is the hope of the world. I’m reading it out loud. I may even stand up!
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God, and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
I’m inviting a friend for dinner.
It’s one thing to text and email love and encouragement. It’s another to sit down, face-to-face and have a conversation over dinner. One says love and one does love. Both matter.
I’m carrying around one of Jesus’ questions.
Last week, I typed out Jesus’ question, “Do you believe I am able to do this?” and set it as the background picture on my phone. My faith grew last week because I finally turned over to God a wound for healing. I had not believed he could. This week, the question I’m walking around with is from Luke 6:46: “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Every time I look at my phone, this question will be there. Who knows what could happen as this one makes its way into my heart at the same time there is such need in the global community.
I’m writing letters, packing seeds, and praying.
I sponsor three precious, growing kids in Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia. Today, I’m writing each of them a letter to encourage them and their families. Every day this week, I’ll pray for them with their pictures in front of me. On Friday, my daughter and I will join our church community and pack tomato and squash seeds into small white envelopes that will be sent to Africa to help communities there grow gardens. I’m praying for each person in our world who is hungry.
I’m thanking God.
I am thanking God for my daughter and for the way he works through his church.
What’s on your to-do list this week?
Scripture to consider: