Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Genuine Interest

Genuine Interest

When we are genuinely interested in others,
a graciousness comes over us that is compelling. (Sarah Breathnach)

Marita Bonner wrote in 1926, “We should not talk to people as if they were strange hard shells that we have to crack open to get inside.
We should talk as if we were already in the shell. In their very shell.”

Most of us have harried moments in our day, but by taking the time to step outside our own sphere to embrace others we open ourselves up to the power of the Holy Spirit who can then work in and through us. (S.B.)

Do I?
Greet everyone with a warm smile? ____________________________________________________________________________
Do I rush my encounters with people? ____________________________________________________________________________
Do I really take time to pray for others? ____________________________________________________________________________
Do I take time to pray WITH others? ____________________________________________________________________________
Do I listen attentively to them? ____________________________________________________________________________
Does everyone I speak to believe that I care for them? ____________________________________________________________________________
Do I lavish Jesus’ love on others? ____________________________________________________________________________

List someone that this is difficult to do with:


I Corinthians 13
                                                    Ephesians 4:2-3

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