This morning I remembered the lesson on staying curious and watchful with every person we meet. It changes everything about our day to position ourselves to look carefully for ways we might encouraging others and bring them hope.
We stay curious about how God might be working in another person’s life, and we ask God how we might join in. We stay watchful for how another person might need more hope or help. We then enter in with service, prayer, and verbal encouragement.
I learned this as a young woman beginning with Norman Vincent Peale’s instruction on finding personal happiness. It surprised me that he believed that when we stay watchful for how we might bless others, we find our own happiness soars. But how Biblical! I recall Isaiah 58:10 in the New Living translation: Help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
But for me, staying watchful and curious is most of all about connecting with Jesus as I ask Him to show me where He’s working and how I might help today. Being with God all day long on this kind of mission makes every day a sublime adventure.
Off I go!
Off you go!