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A SCHEDULE OF LOVE

ďAnd Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.Ē

Mark 6: 34 King James Version

We are living in a world that is run on schedules and sometimes we get so frustrated trying to meet our deadlines and finish what we have started that we act like sheep without a shepherd. We get so caught up with the time element that we forget that Jesus is our guide and shepherd and He will put all the pieces together perfectly like a jigsaw puzzle and enable us to finish the things we have started.

There is nothing wrong with having schedules unless they interfere with Godís schedule. When I prayed and asked Jesus what He wanted me to write in this devotional, He told me that sometimes we take on too many obligations and some of them are not in His perfect will for our lives. He told me ďIf you donít have time for people, you are too busy and you have allowed satan and the pressures of the world to steal the time that belongs to MeĒ.

If we are spending more time with our daily schedules than we are with Godís schedule of love, then we are too busy, we donít have our priorities right and we are breaking His heart. All of us have to make money to buy groceries and pay our bills but we canít take food and bills with us when we die. We canít give them to Jesus but we can give Him the people that we have witnessed to and loved for Him.

There are so many people who are hurting and desperately need to know that someone cares. Some of the people who hurt the most are the people we sit next to in church. Joyce Landorf, a well known speaker and author, says on one of her teaching tapes ďThey look fine and they look darling but inside they are dyingĒ. O that we would become like Jesus and be moved with compassion for people. Thereís not a person alive that doesnít need to ask Jesus to fill him or her with more unconditional love and compassion. How deep is our love for Jesus? Are we moved with compassion for Him when we see the way He is rejected and criticized? Do our hearts break and do we weep when He is hurt? Letís focus more on a schedule of love for Him and for others than we do on our daily schedules.

Joanne Lowe
March 3, 2007

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