Hebrews 10:24-25 ERV
 We should think about each other to see how we can encourage each other to show love and do good works.  We must not quit meeting together, as some are doing. No, we need to keep on encouraging each other. This becomes more and more important as you see the Day (of Christ’s return) getting closer.
Life gives us many opportunities. We have opportunities to learn, earn, build, gather, create, and many others. One of the biggest blessings we receive in this life is to bless and encourage others. The Bible tells us that it is a greater blessing to give rather than to receive. This doesn’t have to be monetary or things. It can be pouring out into other people through encouragement, praying for them, giving them your time to listen, just being an ear for them and to offer kind words of advice. As busy humans, we often pass on these opportunities of blessing other people, just because we are so busy with the stuff of life. We (and me included) are so busy with all the stuff that life throws at us, we miss the opportunities to make real impactful differences in people’s lives. If everyone (me included again), took more time to be thoughtful to others’ needs by doing things like: offering to take a friend to lunch or for coffee, or helped a neighbor in need by cooking a meal for them, or gave someone a ride to work that needed it, or worked a shift for a workmate that needed time off for something, then we could make a difference, one little thing at a time. People take notice when you offer kindness and encouragement and there is no better way to show God’s love than through being a living example.
Jesus tells us the parable of The Good Samaritan (below) and tells us at the end to “Go and do likewise.” What he meant by this is not to look for people in the gutter that have been robbed and beaten, but to be on the lookout for opportunities to bless others. If everyone had an attitude of serving others first, imagine how different this world could be! If just half of people that call themselves followers of Christ would live with this attitude, we would surely see a different society. Unfortunately, our natural tendency is to live a “me-first” life. It is difficult and even inconvenient to live in a state of servant-hood and none of us can do it perfectly. But small random acts of kindness certainly put us in the right direction.
So today and every day, look for those little opportunities that you can be helpful, encouraging or thoughtful to those around you. You never know whose life you can touch by just a small contribution to their life.
I love you and am praying for you today.
Acts 20:35 ERV
 I always showed you that you should work just as I did and help people who are weak. I taught you to remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘You will have a greater blessing when you give than when you receive.'”