Meaningful Moments

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Think of a time when someone created a special moment for you. What did the moment entail? How did it make you feel? What made it special?

I’m blessed because creating meaningful moments is my husband, Kevin’s specialty. In April, I celebrated a “Quarantine Birthday” (like so many of us), but that didn’t stop Kevin from making it special. We celebrated with a big breakfast (another one of his specialties), balloons all over the family room floor, a birthday tiara, colorful streamers and signs, delicious takeout for dinner, and ended the night with a piñata! A piñata—HOW FUN! All of those extra details created a meaningful moment.

This weekend, Perrysburg Campus Pastor Josh Whitlow shared that life is better when you create meaningful moments for others. When we do that, we realize that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). For Kevin to use his gifts to bless others (in this case me), he in turn is blessed. One of Kevin’s spiritual gifts (and love languages) is the gift of service, and he can often be seen using this gift to serve others.

The Bible encourages us in 1 Peter 4:10: “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” When thinking of others, Paul also encourages us to outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12:10). Finally, we are encouraged to not “forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God” (Hebrews 13:16).

When we focus on the good of others, our actions show that we consider others as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). Verse 4 of that same chapter states, “Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” God’s design for us is to love HIM first and love others next. We can do that by creating meaningful moments for those around us.

This week, we will talk about how to do this through elevation, pride, insight, and connection. I hope you’ll continue to join us!

Questions:
How has someone blessed you with a meaningful moment? What are some ways you can create a meaningful moment for someone this week?

Next Steps:
Pause and look beyond yourself. Instead of thinking what others can do for you, think and pray about how you can be a blessing to someone else this week.

Prayer:
Father, thank you for the example of Jesus who loved others so well because he put them first. Help me to be more like Jesus and put others’ interests before my own. Help me to be a blessing to someone this week and to create a meaningful moment in their life. Use my gifts, talents, abilities, and resources not only for my own good but for the good of others. In Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Kendra Grubinski. Kendra is passionate about her relationship with Jesus and loves studying and sharing God’s Word. During the week, she is a Spanish Teacher at Findlay High School. She also enjoys spending time with her family and pups, reading, traveling, drinking good coffee and being active outdoors.


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4 replies
  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Thank you Kendra! I’m feeling a bit guilty for getting behind on house chores. I’ve been spending time with friends instead. We’re creating memories and relieving some CoVid 19 stress. It’s good to be with people again! Praising Jesus for the opportunity!

  2. Anita Billian
    Anita Billian says:

    I find the LIO is much better when it is dedicated to scripture verses than things about the writer of the particular day. Small portions of one’s life is great but not a full day primarily about yoursel. Today the LIO was awesome, full of scripture. Love the LIO as it helps me focus on our Lord. Thank you.

  3. Cindy Casey
    Cindy Casey says:

    This was so much fun to hear about your birthday… meaningful moments and precious memories are those things we will remember – more than the things we own. Happy Belated Birthday!

  4. Hayden Pryka
    Hayden Pryka says:

    Love being able to look back on meaningful moments and hearing how others are growing from theirs. Thanks for sharing!

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