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A Perfect Ten

September 12, 2011

How big of a deal is 10 minutes? In fractions, it is slightly less than .7% of any one day. How often to do you think you ‘waste’ 10 minutes in a day? What do you do in those times? Think with me for a minute about what you could do in ten minutes.

In ten minutes, you could call a friend and catch up or share a word of encouragement. In ten minutes, you could jot a note (for those of you who are younger, that means write on a piece of paper, put it in an envelope, and mail it). You could send an email message. You could send several texts or tweets. You could stop and talk to a neighbor. You could read with a child. You could take the first step in a project you have been putting off. You could turn off the TV and talk to your family. You could prepare a hot cup of coffee or a cold glass of milk for someone.

 At Faith Church, we are starting a series of messages on Intentional Living. The goal is to bring every aspect of our lives under God’s guidance. That is an enormous challenge. However, all of us can concentrate of God’s gracious presence for 10 minutes.

 I would like to invite you to a Take Ten Challenge. For one week, take ten minutes each day and do one intentional act of service or kindness for someone else. This may be something you were going to do any way. Just do it with a greater awareness of God’s presence. Write down what you do each day. At the end of the week, take a look at what you did. Reflect on your ‘10’s’ and think about what God did through you. Maybe on the eighth day, you could take ten to share something about your experience that could encourage us all.

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