Give Your Presence
Pam looked across the table to her sweet friend, Jodi, who’d taken her time to bring dinner to the whole family. Pam’s house was full of people, grieving the loss of her mother, but for the moment all of that had stopped.
Jodi’s bubbly personality brought sunshine to the pain for the time she shared with them. She took time to assure them, hug them and speak positive words of love and blessing over them in light of their pain and sorrow.
Pam sighed deeply and looked at her friend. “Thank you for this. Thank you for just being here with me. Your presence is the most precious gift you could ever give.”
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
─ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV
Paul’s words in our verses today encourage us to not lose heart. Even though your physical body grows older, your eternal spirit (who you really are) is renewed each day. As you look to God, His Word, His presence and fellowship with others, you can rest with assurance that you forever belong to Him.
PQ: God’s presence assures you.
And God brings others into your life, it’s that assurance that allows you to give your presence and share His eternal hope with others.
Today’s One Thing
Who comes to your mind today that might need to hear from you? Purposefully give the gift of your presence to three individuals this week. If you can’t meet in person, then do it through technology. It’s important that people see your face in addition to hearing your voice.