Do you want your life to be filled with any of the following?
- an increased ability to love and be loved
- a rare happiness and satisfaction
- a profound sense of fulfillment
Most of us would answer, “Yes!”
In his book, The Rhythm of Life, author Matthew Kelly states that if you follow his four-step plan of action for ten days, it will empower you to make a difference in other people’s lives. Kelly contends that as a result, your life will be filled with more peace, joy, happiness and satisfaction.
I decided to take Kelly’s advice and focused on two of his four steps.
The two steps are, when you wake up in the morning ask God the following two questions:
- “Who needs my attention and care today?” Then you wait and listen for God to give you a name or names.
- Then, ask God, “How can I best care for that person today?”
Then do it! Make it a priority.
Here’s an example of how this played out for me:
When I prayed these two steps this morning, my friend Anna came into mind. She lives in North Carolina. Here’s a confession: I really didn’t want to call her because I was embarrassed. I haven’t talk to her in the past year, and in that year she had married, and I had not acknowledged the marriage with a card or present.
I procrastinated until 4 o’clock, then I issued a quick panicky prayer, “Help! Help! Help God,” and called her.
Do you know what? We had a wonderful conversation talking about our families. (She has 43 grandchildren. Can you imagine?) Anna kept thanking me for calling. When I hung up, I felt so light-hearted, energized and happy. It was a real high.
No matter what else happens today, when I rest my head on a pillow tonight, I will smile and know that I made a difference in Anna’s life, and in my life today.
So consider asking yourself two questions each morning: “Who needs my attention and care today?” And “How can I best care for that person today?” And then just do it!