My friend, may I ask you a question? God often brings many others into our lives to encourage us, to fill our road-weary tires with air when we need it the most. Do you and I also need to be aware that He brings others into our lives for us to return the favor?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
We like to camp and a big part of our camping experience is the vintage, old Airstream trailer that Holly and I own. Built in 1971, it has thousands of miles of wear and tear; but that’s what an Airstream is all about. They’re built to last and with a modest amount of maintenance, they might be good to go for decades. Nevertheless, there’s one thing about any trailer that is universally true; if you don’t inflate the tires to maximum pressure, you’ll wear out the tires, decrease your gas mileage and, perhaps, risk an accident. It’s remarkable what a difference a little air can be.
You know, it’s like that with you and I as well? Just a little encouragement makes life’s trip a whole lot easier.
Here’s a thought from Karen Lynema: The other day, my daughter missed the bus again so I decided to use the tandem bike stored in our garage to get her to school. As I wheeled the bike out of the garage, I noticed one tire was semi-flat. Lacking the time to do anything about it, I struggled to get that bike moving. I finally pulled up to a gas station and it turned out that both tires were quite flat. No wonder it had been a major struggle! Once the tires were filled, we quickly finished our journey. As I rode home alone, I had a few thoughts. One was how much easier the ride got once I filled the tires with air. This made me think about how much easier life is when I am encouraged by others and how many times I’ve missed the opportunity to fill up someone else’s tires? A few words, a listening ear, or even a smile could be enough to make their life’s ride a little easier. (Karen Lynema)
God often brings many others into our lives to encourage us, to fill our road-weary tires with air when we need it the most. You and I also need to be aware that He brings others into our lives for us to return the favor. The odds are there is someone you know today whose life has deflated; perhaps totally collapsed. Sometimes all it takes is a kind word, a touch on the shoulder or something as small as a smile to put life back into their day. Air power really can lift a heavy load especially when the air is our words and the power is our smile.
We pray. Heavenly Father, teach us to be considerate of one another, always looking for opportunities to give others a smile, a listening ear, a kind word or a touch. We are surrounded by others who could use a lift when life takes air out of their tires and they just can’t deal with hurt and the pain. Forgive us when we are distant, unfeeling or simply preoccupied with out own issues. In Jesus name. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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