This afternoon at 3:00 pm, Liverpool and Leicester City will play a soccer match. I’ll have my red and cyan colors on. (Google it)  Liverpool FC sits firmly in the second spot in the EPL standings, while Leicester City is comfortable in the middle of the pack at 10th place. For some of you, (actually it’s more like – for most of you,) I’m guessing you could care less about a soccer match being played in a city in the East Midlands region of England, some 4,387 miles away from Sarasota and I’ll be surprised if you keep reading.  But, before you scroll down or hit the delete button, my thoughts are not exactly on this soccer match. (Wow – what a surprise.) Instead, I started pondering the significance of caring and I asked myself – what do I care about? It’s not a rhetorical question. Rather, I started jotting down, on my writing pad (using a new Webson Gill fountain pen – Thank you Don) a few thoughts.  It’s actually an interesting and expansive activity. I started making a list – not in order of significance, just a stream of consciousness kind of list. After reaching about 8, I lost my intentionality. However, I decided it’s worth more effort and I have challenged myself to write a few thoughts each day, regarding the things I care about and then pondering why I care about those things.  My expectation is — by remembering what I care about and why they matter, I’ll be a better person, more attentive to the gift of the day and make more of a difference for the people in my life.

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:14 (ISV)
“Pursue peace with everyone, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”

Reflection Questions:
Will you make a list of things you care about?
How is the Lord being seen in you?
How are you making a difference in the lives of the people who surround you?

Prayer: Holy God, nurture me in the small things of faithfulness so I can enlarge my capacity to care more deeply about all those who matter. Let me make a difference and let you be seen in who I am. Amen.