There are people around you.

How do you view them?

I'm reminded of an Acura ad that says, "When you don't think of them as dummies, something amazing happens." 

Is that a philosophy that does or doesn't play out for you as you consider everyone from political candidates to a neighbor who can get on your nerves?

When you don't think of them as dummies, something amazing happens.

I'd like to offer you a simple challenge to you wherever you're at today:

Privately pray for someone you're next to. 

It could be the person sitting, serving, walking, exercising or cleaning nearby. The lady at the counter. The guy talking on his cellphone. A random stranger walking or running by. Someone on social media you can't remember why you're friends with.

Pray for them... for their journey in life and relationship with God.

Pray for their family, health, finances, hurts, victories.

Pray that you would see them not as an "extra" or "scenery" meant to be a spectacle to your life... but as a real human being.

Pray that you wouldn't see them as a dummy, but as the next person to change the world.

Pick someone out and quietly shout onto Heaven on their behalf. Simply talk to God about them.

You don't have to make a spectacle of it.

The challenge is set. Pray for the people you are next to, and watch what God does... in you.

Will you commit to this? If so, would you say "amen" out loud, even now?
Let's be a praying and committed people today.
"Pray continually... Brothers, pray for us." (1 Thessalonians 5:17, 25)

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