Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Last week, my friend OJ McDuffie created a "What's Up" challenge to his friends. The goal is to give an enthusiastic greeting to at least 5 strangers or people who are different from me each day.

Today, my friend Ruth Means-Greenert tagged me in the 8 Day Bible Challenge.

I often cringe at Facebook "challenges" then scroll by. But these are excellent reminders to me of what really matters...growing closer to our amazing and loving God and sharing that love with other people.

Certainly many activities are important. But a day that is so consumed with worklaundrycleaninggroceryshoppingetcetc that I don't have quiet time and room for spontanoeous kindness leaves my heart heavy.
We race from home to work then back again to get more done get more done get more done.
We grumble about grocery store lines, completely ignore the cashier, rush past the elderly man who could use a hand getting his groceries in the car or returning his cart.
We draw lines and create barriers based on economic, social, or political differences.
We argue about which candidate will make our lives better and improve our country.

And often we forget that nothing changes until we do...

When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”
Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” (Matthew 22: 34-40 The Message)

C'mon people now...



Beth Painter is, among many other things, a writer, photographer, and

motivational speaker. 

You can follow her on Facebook on the “Think Big focus small” page.

Beth is available to speak to your group about how to make your dreams and 

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