1. Live and work to reach others each day. Do it as if you knew the world was going to come to an end tomorrow night. Think of that feeling of urgency and priority! (Read 2 Peter 3:1-12).

2. Always be as enthusiastic about the church and its services as you would be if there was an overflowing crowd each time. Think of the interest, anticipation, and excitement of an overflowing crowd!

3. Count your blessings. Make a list of the things you are thankful to God for and thank Him for them one by one as you pray in private. This will help you to be grateful (Philippians 4:6). It will also help you to realize your dependence on God (Acts 17:24-25, 28; John 15:5).

4. Make and maintain a list of your faults. Pray for forgiveness and help to overcome them as you truly strive to overcome them. This will help us see that we’re really not as good as we think we are, and how very much we really do need Christ for our Savior. It will also help you to sympathize with the faults of others (James 5:16; Galatians 6:1).

5. Keep a daily devotional quite time. Set aside 30 minutes every day to spend with God in prayer, Bible study, and meditation. If you really love someone you want to spend some time with them. If you truly love God, you want to spend some time alone with Him. (Psalms 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Luke 18:1).

6. Visit someone for Christ each week. Visit some member you do not know very well; or a sick person; or a visitor to our services; or a weak member who needs encouragement; or someone who needs to become a Christian.

7. Share your faith. Conduct a Bible class in your home once a month and invite your relatives, friends, and neighbors to attend (Acts 10:24). The preachers or elders will assist you if you want. (Matt. 5:12-15; James 5:20). There are 168 hours in a week. If you were to attend Bible Study, morning worship, and evening worship on Sundays and Bible study on Wednesday, and 30 minutes 6 days a week in Bible reading, prayer, and meditation, and conduct an hour long study once a month, you would be giving God less than 10 hours a week, leaving you 158.

~ Mike

If Only
I guess I just couldn’t tell.
If anyone had asked me
I would have said, “They’re doing well!”
When did the flame start to flicker
And the enthusiasm fade away?
I guess I just didn’t see it.
I didn’t know what to say.
At first it was just occasionally,
They didn’t miss all the time.
A child was sick, or he had to work,
I still thought everything was fine.
After a while it got more frequent,
Their seat was empty more than not.
I should have said something then,
But that would have put me on the spot.
If only I had noticed.
If only I had tried.
I didn’t do a thing to help them.
That’s the truth, it cannot be denied.
Now their seat is always empty.
They have left the Lord, I don’t know why.
And when I think about “If only...”
All I can do is cry.
~ Greg Litmer