Newsletter Update  
September 2016  

Dear Friends,

The past month, the MinTools Blog looked at how we need discernment, wisdom, and perspective to make the most of every opportunity (Eph. 5:15-16). You can read these three posts by starting at Making the Most of Every Opportunity Requires Discernment and then following the related posts.
Of anyone who ever lived on this earth, Jesus was the One who made the most of every opportunity. We can learn from His example and instruction.

Jesus said, "whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant" (Mk. 10:42-45).

How we relate to people will in large part determine the kind of impact we will make with our lives. To be a servant in the classroom means we must avoid being an authoritarian. To be a servant as a church leader requires that we not only do the right things but also have the right ambitions and attitudes. See: Church Leaders, Be a Servant

When asked what was the Greatest Commandment Jesus replied, "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' ... And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'" (Matt. 22:37-40)

As we seek to make the most of every opportunity, love must always lead the way. When we encounter people who disagree with us, love must be the litmus test for how we handle the conflict. With God's love as our highest purpose, we have the means of coming together in the Church in a coordinated way to make the most of opportunities before us.

Jesus not only told us what's most important but also lived it. He came to earth with a heart full of love that reflected itself in being a Servant. Let's follow after His heart so we can make the most of every opportunity. Let's heed the encouragement in this month's Be-Attitude to BE BE BE somebody who is able to make a difference. Let's remember that everything we do flows from our heart (Prov. 4:23).

Because of Him,

Phyllis Kline
Ministry Tools Resource Center

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