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Listen to God

posted Jul 28, 2016, 10:57 AM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Jul 28, 2016, 11:00 AM ]
(From the Upper Room) As I waited for the sales clerk to find my order form, I felt frustrated that my day was slipping away. I still had many tasks to complete within a limited time. A little voice within me said, “Why don’t you pray for the people around you?” I stopped glancing at my watch and noticed the nearby shoppers. Some seemed stressed; others were anxious or frustrated. I started praying for the people who passed by and smiled at those who looked my way. Finally, the sales clerk returned, apologetic that she couldn’t find my order. “That’s OK,” I said. Instead of feeling frustrated or stressed, I felt peaceful, assured that I had used my time in the way God wanted. In order to do that, I had to relinquish my own agenda. Later in the day, I completed my to-do list without the slightest stress or hurry. Now, when I wait, whether for a traffic light to change or for family members to get ready, I can relax and pray for the people around me. I feel the joy and excitement of being ready for whatever God has in store for me. Donna H. Eliason (Washington, USA)
I often think how most of us also seemed to get stressed out in our daily lives with all the busyness of the day, the noise pollution of the radio, news broadcasts we seem to watch but don't like anyway, just many forms of what I call "Satans confusion" Maybe it's time to turn these things off and listen to what God has to say through his Son Jesus. Take those moments like what said above and pray for others, listen to that small quiet voice speaking to our Christian hearts to do good to others, without loud clashing cymbals!

May the Peace of Christ be with you today, God Bless.

Pastor Jim Brown