Blessed Way of Life

Acts 20:13-38, 1 Samuel 26-29

Acts 20:35 – In all things, I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the works of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Lord God, heavenly father, change the whole focus of my life and existence to you and to other people.  It is a much more blessed, contented and joyful way to live.  When I live for me and what pleases me, I find myself always a little empty and unsatisfied.  But when reorient myself and realign myself, when I reorient myself to you and others, I am full and ready to be poured out. I find myself contented with what you have given me because I want to give it away.  I find great joy in being poured out.  Lord, keep me from seeking to satisfy myself and my wants.  Forgive me from doing it.  Help me, O Spirit, to reorient my life toward you and my neighbor.  Grant me what I need so that I may pour myself out especially for those who are weak and ailing.  Make me weak with the weak; make me sad with the mourning.  Make me poor with the poor, and broken with the broken-hearted.  Fill my heart with compassion and my life with what they need so that I may help the weak with it.  Amen.