TODAY'S WORD FOR TODAY
Take the Initiative
‘…It is more blessed to give than to receive.’Acts 20:35
When the Good Samaritan saw the wounded man the priest and the Levite ‘passed by’, he took the initiative and went out of his way to help him. Jesus ended His parable by saying, ‘…Go and do likewise.’ (Luke 10:37 NKJV). Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, taught all his employees ‘The 10-Foot Rule’. It says, ‘I promise that whenever I come within 10 feet of a customer I will look them in the eye, greet them and ask if I can help them.’ As a result, stores worldwide implement Sam’s rule every day. Most of us recognise the value of taking the initiative. We acknowledge its importance in relationships, yet we still don’t do it. We wait for the other person to make the first move. But all that does is lead to missed opportunities. Pastor Malcolm Bane observed, ‘If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you’ll end up not doing anything for anybody.’ If you’re serious about helping others, and you want to walk in God’s blessing, don’t wait—initiate! The ‘perfect moment’ seldom arrives. An old Jewish proverb says, ‘The wise do at once what the fool does at last.’ Initiating a conversation often feels awkward. Offering help means risking rejection. Giving to others can lead to misunderstanding. You won’t feel ready or comfortable in such moments; you just have to learn to get past those feelings of awkwardness and insecurity. To help people, you must go ahead and do what others never quite get around to. So right now take the initiative. Go out on a limb—that’s where the fruit is.
© 2015: This devotional is produced by UCB, free of charge through the generosity of our supporters. As a gift to the body of Christ, permission is given to Churches and Christian organisations to copy up to a maximum of 52 daily excerpts per year. Excerpts must acknowledge The Word for Today as the source, give the UCB address and inform that free issues of the daily devotional are available for the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The Word For Today is written by Bob and Debby Gass, with Ruth Gass Halliday.
PREVIOUS WORD FOR TODAY
4TH MAR 2015TAKERS AND GIVERS
3RD MAR 2015WHOLEHEARTEDLY
2ND MAR 2015‘YOU, TOO, BRUTUS?’ (2)
1ST MAR 2015‘YOU, TOO, BRUTUS?’ (1)
28TH FEB 2015KNOW WHAT TO FIGHT FOR
27TH FEB 2015GOD IS AT WORK WITHIN YOU (2)
26TH FEB 2015GOD IS AT WORK WITHIN YOU (1)
25TH FEB 2015ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES!
24TH FEB 2015TAKING YOUR PLACE IN GOD’S FAMILY
23RD FEB 2015DO IT NOW!
22ND FEB 2015MAKING A DIFFERENCE