Tonight, my church was a host site for a National Day of Prayer service. I was asked to participate by leading the congregation in prayer for business and media.
If you’ve never been to a service like this, the format has someone lead prayers for five areas, education, business and media, military and government, families and the church. After the initial prayer is said, anyone from the congregation is welcome to pray aloud as they felt led.
Each area had many people chime in their prayers except business and media. And I’m pretty sure it’s not because my prayer was so good that I covered it all.
Without a thriving business community our families are without the means to support themselves. Taxes cannot be paid to provide a quality education for our children, or support the government and military. Without a free and impartial media we cannot know the truth about our elected officials and military. Or know when a business has cheated it’s customers or employees.
I’m honored to be able to pray for businesses and for my many friends in the media. They face a tough economy and changing landscape to disseminate the new and yet they keep going.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
I’m not one to make New Year resolutions. I never thought they served much purpose. Why resolve to do things in January that I’ve wanted to do all along during the year?
But this year, I do have one thought on my mind. Relationships. This started a few weeks ago after a sermon preached by Rev. Shane Stanford when he talked about encounters. He was sharing with the congregation about the importance of even the smallest encounter with another person. How it can lead to something much more significant down the road.
Ever since, this thought has been on my mind. “Am I paying enough attention to the encounters of my life?”
Sadly, the answer is no. So, for 2012, I still won’t make a resolution. But I will start being more intentional in my relationships with others.
There are so many people I come in contact with daily. Not just my family, co-workers, and clients. But vendors, reporters, sales reps, all these people mean something, not just to me but to God as well. When our lives intersect, what is my response? How should I deal with the encounter?
I know I’m called to pay closer attention but where that leads, I’m not sure. But I’m looking forward to finding out.