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Got the Blahs?

Are you feeling blah in your spiritual life? Would you like to feel a surge of energy in your walk with God? A turn-around often comes in as a result of doing something good for other people. When you walk in Jesus' steps you naturally find yourself doing just that...doing something good for others.

In his sermon to Cornelius and his family, Peter told, "how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went around doing good...because God was with Him" (Acts 10:38 NIV).

That's a great way to look at life, don't you think? Every day we can go around doing good because God is with us! When you wake up in the morning, ask the Lord what good you can go around doing. You'll find responsibilities turning into pleasures, and discover that pressures from others are often opportunities to "go around doing good!" Here are some suggestions to get you started.

    1. Invite someone out to lunch — someone who doesn't expect it.
    2. Check out a book from the church library and read it, then encourage someone else to read it, too.
    3. Think about the people who have been important in your spiritual life. Then write them thank you notes. It may be a family member, a teacher, or friend. Could even be a preacher!
    4. Make it a point to get to the church building fifteen minutes early. Look for someone whom you don't know well. Introduce yourself. Find out about them. Tell them that you're glad to share the same spiritual family.
    5. After worship, seek out someone who is often overlooked or taken for granted, and thank them. Could be the person who cleans, attends the nursery, prints the bulletin, etc.
    6. Really read the church bulletin. Send get-well cards to the sick and sympathy cards to the grieving. Get involved with the activities that are planned.
    7.   Plan a get-together in your home. Instead of inviting your closest friends, ask some people who normally get overlooked. (First read Luke 14:12-14).

Going around doing good is a great way to spend your life. Just ask Jesus. He knows.

For His Cause,
Tim  Woodward