Put People First – Friday, July 12th, 2019

I had planned to memorize Scripture on my walk this morning. However, I talked with two friends instead. After church I had planned to write, but had a nice visit with my niece and mom. After that visit, my mom and I ran errands and took an unexpected trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond to pick up a clock radio for my aunt. When we finished the errands, I had some time for lunch and then went to feed my sister’s dogs because she is out of town. After keeping the dogs company, I had two nice phone conversations with friends.

Jesus Christ put people first during His ministry on earth. “A large crowd came to [Jesus], and He began to teach them” (Mark 2:13, see also 1:45, 10:1). As His follower, I am called to put people first in my life.

Everyone I spent time with today taught me something. I was blessed to see the world through the eyes of my 10-year-old niece. My aunt showed me how to struggle with physical afflictions with grace and dignity and humor. And my friends open my eyes to new ideas. And all of them showed me how God was supporting and sustaining them in their day.

We learn about God when we share our days with people, and we learn about people when we share our days with God.
Photo by Rémi Walle


Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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