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Peace in the Middle of a Detour

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15

Olivia was busy grocery shopping when she heard someone call out for help. She looked up to see a woman in the checkout line, swaying.

Olivia quickly abandoned her cart and hurried over to the other woman. She led her to a bench and began asking her questions. “Ma’am, are you all right? Do you have a medical condition like diabetes?”

The other woman weakly explained that she’d been working in her yard all day and had forgotten to eat. A store employee brought her a tray of food, and another customer grabbed the woman a drink.

Although Olivia had a lot of errands to run that day, construction had blocked her path. So, she decided to go to the grocery store first, and she was grateful she was there to help the other shopper.

Sometimes, God redirects your daily path so you can minister to someone in need. Perhaps God wants you to speak a word of encouragement over the single mom you meet, or maybe He wants you to comfort a crying child.

Prayer:

Lord, sometimes I’m tempted to cling tightly to my daily plans. But my day is Yours; use it as You will. Move me where You want me to minister. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

August 3 devotional

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