A few days ago I received unexpected texts, calls, and a visit from FRIENDS.  There was no big, pressing need in my life; however, they filled in some gaps by being present, giving me a reprieve, taking care of some small tasks that I could not seem to get done.  Acts of love–blessings.  The result was unexpected joy.

It’s easy to become so consumed with the stuff of the day that making the effort to connect with someone who’s not on the”urgent” task list is never made.   I am not talking about taking the time to post something on FaceBook or other social media.  It’s nice but not the same.  I’m talking about making a live human connection with active love.  Radical.  And.  Necessary.

Life shifts and changes when time and attention is received from others.

Side story:  Each time I use the word, “shift,”  I’m reminded of the time I posted a prayer challenge on the Oregon Pacific District Church of the Nazarene web site and inadvertently left out the  letter,”f” in the word, “shift,” for the statement which was supposed to read,  “When people pray, God shifts the universe.”

Yep.  I did.  Left one small letter out.  A big deal.  On the web site.  The world could see it.  THE WORLD! 

Tiffany and I were in Seattle when the District Superintendent, Dr. Stan Reeder, called me and thanked me for my work and added, “Oh by the way, you left out the “f” in the word, “shift.” Could you put the “f” back in the word?”

It took a moment for me to understand what he was talking about.  But  Then.  I did.  “Whaaaat? Oh, no!  I’m so sorry!”

Tiffany could not stop laughing as I desperately looked for a computer in the hotel to fix my small but BIG mistake.  Hilarious.

The thing is, omitting one small letter changed the meaning of it all.  Likewise, disregarding doing even the smallest of things for another individual shifts the meaning of our life, leaving us without the blessing of blessing others.  I’m convinced that being more concerned about others than the to-do-list or challenges of life produces well-being and ultimately fulfillment.  This is what Jesus says about it:   [Luke 6:31The Voice (VOICE)]–“Think of the kindness you wish others would show you; do the same for them.”

My advice from what I’ve learned in my life is:  Don’t settle for just taking care of the urgent business of the day, sacrifice some time and energy to bless someone each day, regardless of how insignificant it may seem.  A small act of love is a BIG blessing!

To be blessed is to know the activity of God; to bless is to participate in the activity of God.  To bless an individual is not just doing it to do it but rather  to do it in and through the active love of God -which will bless you and the person, shifting and changing the world in amazing ways.  THE WORLD!

So my challenge is simply this: BLESS ONE {ONE BY ONE: ONE PERSON. ONE DAY.}

  • Bless ONE & You and the ONE will be blessed! Pass the blessing on.
  • ONE BY ONE we will bless (shifting, changing, & impacting) the world.
  • I encourage you to encourage others to take this challenge and BLESS ONE!  bless one

It matters–Kerrie

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

I invite you to come–this Sunday morning, August 30 @10:30 to THE RED DOOR COMMUNITY CHURCH Preview Service @West Salem High School–1776 Titan Dr NW, Salem, OR 97304!  God is at work! Amazing. Grateful. Blessed.


invites for the red door

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