#421 - I Wish I Was More Thoughtful
Volume 2 - Prayers to Love Our Neighbor
Dear Father, I am thoughtless about other people's needs. I don't think of opening doors. I don't think of carrying out shopping bags for the elderly. I don't think about sending greeting cards. I don't think about calling someone to see how they are doing. I don't think about liking anyone's Facebook post. I don't think about inviting the unmarried people in church to our event. Donate money to others in need? Do people do that? Volunteer my time to help people in crisis? Maybe someday I'll get around to that. Father, I don't seem to care about the feelings of other people. I'm not empathetic. There's something wrong with my heart. I'm so fixated on my own insecurities that I don't take notice of other people's needs. Deep in my heart I still serve an idol - myself. My value system still requires that I be comfortable with who I am and my life situation before I can think of others. The irony of the whole thing? It's when I think of other's needs before my own that I feel better about who I am. It is the reverse of how humans think. It is when we put others first that we build ourselves up. When we are generous, we feel good about ourselves. When we are compassionate, we feel good about ourselves. When we are aware of the needs of the people around us, we feel good about ourselves. Father, thoughtfulness comes out of a mindset that comes only from you. Thoughtfulness comes after we surrender our lives to You and allow You to transform the way we think. You want us to become agents of Your love for the people in our world. If we surrender to Your will for us, You will transform us, equipping us for that purpose. We will become thoughtful. Father, forgive me of my rebellion and get to work on my thoughtfulness. Amen.
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