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April 11, 2014 11:16 AM
Thank you Ted for this encouragement. Joseph is a great man to look up too, and his care was evident, even in how he treated his brothers after they did him wrong. We are part of a fast paced society, yet God has created us to be eternally minded. This should slow the way we react to people and situations. The person who is enveloped in God's love will patiently wait upon others. Joseph gave most of his life to the service of others. This may challenge us to be more alert to our focus on serving God, even in every day greetings. God bless.
March 22, 2014 3:59 PM
I have never thought too much about how when we say "How are you doing today?" We usually get a pretty generic answer. I know that sometimes I notice that to the people that I feel that I trust more and feel more comfortable talking to, I am more likely to tell them how I really am. I guess we do need to slow down and take the time to really care about how a person is feeling. We need to evaluate the situation and ask why a person is happy, sad, mad, or tired. There is always that one person who can make your day better because they sat down and talked to you. Took the time to really care what was going on with you, and that person could be any of us. I think that this week I will try to really take an interest in what people are feeling and saying and try to expand on that.
March 21, 2014 11:21 AM
Great point. As a pastor this topic is a constant issue. It is so easy to get so busy that you do not really stop and listen to people when they talk to you. It is a sad day when you get a reality check when someone tells you about some devastating family news, and because you weren't paying attention you say something like: "oh that's good." Ouch! On the flip side I learned from an older couple a great way to demonstrate you care to service people in restaurants. They have this habit that when they eat out, they explain to the server that they are going to pray for their meal, and inquire if there is anything the server would like them to pray for. It is amazing the responses they get from such a simple practice. May the Lord help each of us to notice who is around, and make a difference in their lives by some simple act of Christian love.
March 20, 2014 10:32 PM
Hi Ted! I am new around here and I love the way you teach. Joseph was a great example of a humble and caring person. No matter how hard and unjust his situation and conditions he learned how to see the best in everything and in everyone even with his enemies! Great blog and great topic. God Bless.
March 20, 2014 1:00 AM
Wow! I've never thought of this passage in this way. Very thought provoking. Thank you for this great reminder. Blessings.
March 18, 2014 9:09 PM
I appreciated the content in this blog because I was thinking about this very thing in regards to touching people's lives sincerely like Christ. Just like many people ask how you are but aren't really interested in a response,so some Christians go about "performing duties of a Christian" but lacking the real interest of heart for that person. I just know Christ wasn't shallow or insincere. So like Christ, Joseph had his action steps: He came, He saw (evaluation), He asked, He cared. I was thinking about societal and world patterns on us such as asking someone how they are but that actually being a falsehood; just going through the motions using words with a disconnect from any real interest. If we are bearers of His Presence and willing vessels to touch this dying world around us, that Presence should be felt and people should feel acceptance, like they matter because Jesus did that.
March 17, 2014 5:23 PM
Good afternoon Paul. I agree on your statement and I was thinking sometimes, a
person doesn't only need a shelter or food or money. They sometimes are looking for a hug, an encouraging word, just to say: I love you or even just for you. God bless.
March 17, 2014 5:18 PM
Hi Ted. I really love your statement about being our brothers' keeper. It surely is so very important to care about the people we work with, fellowship with, in class with, our neighbors, our family, our teachers, our pastors and the poor and needy
etc.. What we do onto others we do it to Jesus and my thought is to do as much good deeds as we possibly can and walk the walk God has called us to do. He's a loving Father and he'll never forsake us nor leave us. We don't have to care about the outcome because He's got it all. To begin with, our lives is in His hands. We may as well trust Him and believe in Him. Keep me in prayer my brother and I'll do the same for you. Thanks. We need some encouraging words daily.
March 17, 2014 9:36 AM
All I can say is ouch.....nothing but truth
March 17, 2014 1:55 AM
Sometimes all we have to do is to be sensitive of others. God is not asking us to give solution to the problems of others. Saying hi, hello and how are you?, means a lot to people knowing there is someone who is sensitive, willing to care to listen to their problems and knowing they were being understood. It is added bonus if we can extend a little help to their problems. Like God's character, wherein HE always LISTENS to all our prayers, worries, problems and knowing that He is there 24/7. A good and positive attitude towards other people, to our family, loved ones and friends are essential contributors to make them feel they are well loved and appreciated.
March 15, 2014 4:24 PM
This is so totally thought provoking. How many times in a day do we actually ask someone "How are you?" When we ask this question are we prepared to take it further if the person responds? We have to be ready because God expects it of us and it could be a chance to reach out to someone who really needs Christ in their life. The next time I ask that question I'm going to be ready to respond. Great blog.
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