March 19, 2011
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16
Not so long ago I had the opportunity of paying a visit to a downtown business office.
It was a beautiful office and everything was neatly laid out. As I was waiting to be admitted to my appointment, I started talking with the executive's administrative assistant.
As we talked, I noticed the plaque on her desk. Having read it I asked her to make a copy of it. This is what it said.
"Notice: This office requires no physical fitness program. Everyone gets enough exercise jumping to conclusions, flying off the handle, running down the boss, knifing friends in the back, dodging responsibility, and pushing their luck."
· Maybe you work at an office that doesn't need an exercise program either.
· Maybe you live at a location where things are less than what they ought to be.
If that is so, please remember God can make a difference in our lives and in our work places. Things don't have to remain the same.
Having received the benefits and blessings which come with faith in the Redeemer, having experienced the peace and joy which Jesus alone can bring, we are blessed to be given the opportunity to share these with others.
And that is what this devotion is encouraging you to do: share the smile God has bestowed on you with others who don't know Him or who have forgotten Him.
Share the Savior with family and co-workers.
Now understand they won't necessarily applaud you or change right away. But given enough time, and enough smiles, they will find it hard to resist.
Who knows? Maybe someday your place of business will have to have an exercise program because people no longer are getting exercise jumping to conclusions.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Father, help us exercise our faith by reaching out to others. Help us reflect the love we have received from You in all we do. This is our prayer which comes in Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries