The Promise Effect: Thursday, Week 6

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”  Romans 12:1

When we offer the wholeness of our being to God, two important things happen: We experience a deep sense of fulfillment, and we enrich the lives of others. (The Promise Effect, p.153)


Take a piece of paper and pen. Write this heading at the top: "Stuff I Know How to Do." Then write numbers 1 to 20 down the side. In a moment you’re going to fill in this list. You might start with your job, or a favorite hobby. Are there details of those subjects that you are especially an “expert” in? But don’t forget family stuff and things you’ve learned from personal experience.

Now take a look at the clock and note the time. See how long it takes you to fill in the twenty spaces. Ready...go!

Afterward, relax. Breathe. Take another look and see if there’s anything obvious you missed. (Now you may add #21 or #22.) Over the next week, keep this list around, handy, within your field of vision. For each item you’ve listed, ask this question: How can I use this knowledge to help someone else? Can you teach somebody, provide important assistance, or pool your knowledge with that of others? Think creatively about this. Talk with others. And see where the Lord leads.

Lord, I’m not sure what I have to offer, but it’s yours. Use my resources—whatever they are—to help the people you love.

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