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Read Mark 9:33-37. Have you ever been guilty of conducting a “man search”? You go to a drawer looking for something, and because it’s not right in front of you, you can’t find it. You complain to your wife, who looks in the same drawer, moves something, and at once finds what you’re looking for! Perhaps that’s just me!

If you want to serve others as God has planned for you, then you need to slow down, open your eyes, see what’s happening around you, and become sensitive to the needs of those around you.

I wonder how many opportunities to serve Jesus’ disciples missed as they walked through Galilee to Capernaum arguing over which one of them was the greatest.

Some people seem to have an automatic sixth sense that alerts them to people who are hurting whether that’s physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. The rest of us must try harder to discern these things!

For many of us, it is easy to become distracted. We’re too busy. We’re too task focused. Our schedule is already over-full.

But if we just slow down and focus on God’s call to serve others, then we will see the needs of those around us more easily.

What might you need to add to your “not to do list” to serve others today?

Think It Over

Think about the following:

•        Who do you find most difficult to notice? Are you willing to ask God to open your eyes to them today?

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Rob Westwood-Payne

Hi - I'm Rob. I'm married to Gail and we have a handsome, cheeky cocker spaniel called Harley. I am a Christian leader, pastor and preacher. I am a Salvation Army officer leading a congregation in the south of England. I am a leadership and discipleship blogger and daily devotional podcast host.