Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Going the Extra Mile

When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.  (Genesis 14:14 NLT)

   Have you ever considered all the people in the Bbile who went the extra mile to help someone in need?

   People like Abraham who went the extra mile to rescue his nephew Lot, Jonathan who befriended David, Rahab who hid the Jewish spies, the four friends who took the paralyzed man to Jesus, the Good Samaritan, and the Apostle Paul who interceded for Onesimus with Philemon.  Many others could be mentioned who put aside their own duties and schedules to go the extra mile. 

   When was the last time you went the extra mile for someone?  Was it a neighbor who needed their grass mowed, a friend in need of support and encouragement, a co-worker who lost his job, or a relative who lost a loved one and needed someone to stand alongside? 

   As I fly over the blue Atlantic, the Lord reminds me of the blessings received in going the extra mile in Cameroon helping to take care of nine precious three to five years olds while their parents attend a spiritual retreat.  It doesn't take much to go the extra mile.  Just a willing heart and love for others -- Jesus does the rest!

Thought for the Day: Jesus went the extra mile for us by dying on the cross for our sins. 

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