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(24 May 2018)

The other day I was standing in a queue in the post office, waiting to renew the licence of my vehicle. 

Next to our queue was another one. The people in this queue were waiting to receive their government grant.

As I watched them, I noticed how many of them looked sad and almost hopeless. Most had hunched shoulders and shuffled instead of walked.

And once again I was reminded of how much I had to be grateful for.

God blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). He blessed us with hope and with a future (Jeremiah 29:11). He blessed us with adopting us as His children, with forgives of sin, and with the Holy Spirit.

God blessed us with an opportunity to be in a relationship with Him.

Now, I am not saying that the sad looking people in the queue don't know the Lord, but maybe their circumstances are causing them so much sorrow or worry they don't even notice the things the Lord blessed them with anymore.

Maybe they need someone to come alongside and remind them, or tell them for the first time, that there is hope.

Maybe someone needs to sit with them and tell them the good news about Jesus. 

Was I that someone?

Unfortunately not.

Though I did feel sorry for them, I didn't take the time to encourage anyone.

I prayed for them but didn't tell anyone about the hope they can have in Jesus.

In hindsight, I realise how easy it is to see a need and ignore it.

Do you know someone who is feeling hopeless? Maybe you are the person who is supposed to come alongside and encourage him or her. Maybe the Lord wants to use you to reach out to this person and share the good news about Jesus.

Don't be like me. Don't ignore the one who may need you because you are busy or you feel embarrassed.

Allow the Holy Spirit to use you if He desires to do so.

Be open to His guidance. And when He prompts you to reach out to someone, obey.

Who knows, there may come a day when you are the one who feels discouraged and needs someone to sit with you are remind you of the hope you have in Christ!

PRAY WITH ME: Lord, we are so grateful for all our blessings. Help us not keep the good news about Jesus to ourselves, but to share it with everyone we meet. Help us encourage those who need encouragement. Use us to share the hope we have in Christ with those who need to hear it.