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Take advantage. Really, it’s okay.

I’m not talking about taking advantage of someone because you know they’re the type that can’t say no. Or even worse, taking advantage of someones love for you, because you know they love you so much, that no matter how you treat them, they will stick around, forgive you and still love you. That’s just rude. Don’t be either of those people.

This is what I mean…

When you get the opportunity to spend time with people you love, take advantage. Don’t let petty things like house work, your workout, or your mood stand in the way. Your laundry and dirty dishes will still be there when you get home, your body isn’t gonna get flabbier or your progress won’t be set back from missing a workout, and that bad mood JUST might lift when you’re in the presence of someone you love.

When you have been given the privilege to love someone with all your heart, take advantage and tell them, better yet…SHOW them. There’s a concept, right? It’s not hard. It can be as easy as driving a few hours to spend a day with them, or a few more hours to spend a weekend. Picking up the phone and actually making a call and not just sending a text. OR what would happen if we bought a card and spent a few minutes actually putting pen to paper, adding a stamp and driving to a mailbox? Whoa! That’s crazy. You know what else is really cool? Taking a few minutes to pray for them. Don’t ever underestimate the power of the words, “I’m praying for you.” Why is making time, so much harder than making excuses?

When your favorite song comes on the radio, that one that makes you goofy grin because you remember jamming out to it with your best friend in high school. You know the one…like Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. No? Maybe that’s just mine 😉 Whatever your song is, take advantage, turn it up and sing loud. I don’t care if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket and the person next to you at the light is looking. SING! Who cares what that person thinks. I personally love that girl/guy next to me having fun and not caring what others think. That person rocks!

When you have an extra dollar or two, and you are lucky enough to be the car that stops next to the person holding “the sign”, take advantage, give them a little and don’t forget to pray for them as you drive away. They might be swindling you, they might be buying drugs or alcohol with it, but they might be hungry and thirsty. I don’t know their story and who am I to judge them? What they do with that money is up to them, but I gave it to them because I trust they are telling me the truth. If they aren’t, that’s their issue to deal with later, not mine. I’ve given as little as one dollar, and even once a .50 cent bottle of water, but as little or as much as you give, I bet you won’t drive away without hearing, “Bless you.”

When you are blessed with a body that isn’t sick, that can walk and pick things up, take advantage and move your body to make it stronger and healthier. Why should you exercise? Because some people can’t and you can.

I know a God who forgives, extends mercy and grace. When I walk away, He pursues me, and when I return He’s there waiting with open arms. We shouldn’t take advantage of that kind of love, we should want to do the right things because we love Him. Having a relationship that loving, having the opportunity to spend time with Him every day, showing Him we love Him by keeping His commandments, spending time in the Word and speaking with Him continuously… those things we should take advantage of. He wants to take care of our hearts, our trials, our eternity and all we have to do is ask. Take advantage. John 3:16

I’m reading my own words. I don’t always take advantage, but I’m gonna try to remember to.
Love y’all.

2 Corinthians 9:8-11

8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9 As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” 10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

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