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Playing the Game

One of the scariest and most intimidating things I have done is attend a conference by myself. I had never felt more alone than I did on the first night of the conference as I sat there in an auditorium of over 500 people, watching friends greet one another excitedly.  I felt invisible and my self-doubt and pity almost led me to stand up and walk out. However, at that moment someone tapped me on the shoulder and a weekend of growth, healing, and encouragement started.

Philippians 2:4 says “Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others.” In order to do this, we need to be intentional with our relationships. As I was about to walk out of the conference, a woman cared enough to welcome me and make me forget about any fear or loneliness I was experiencing. The Lord does not want us to go through life alone, only investing in ourselves. Just as He invested in His disciples, He calls us to reach out and do the same. Once we are on God’s team, we should not sit on the sidelines. Instead, we can be active players and not only share His message, but also His love, kindness, compassion, and persistence. Someone could be a smile away from opening up, so never underestimate how God plans to use you.

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