Being used by God to positively influence those around us begins with seeing the opportunities He places in front of us. This starts with paying attention to other people, and not just ourselves. Turn your cares over to God, and trust Him to work in your life, then look around you. Is there someone who seems burdened and in need of encouragement, someone whom others overlook? Ask God to show you how you can encourage someone else today.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.—Matthew 9:36
Prayer: Lord, when the troubles of our lives keep us inwardly focused, remind us to give our cares into Your keeping. Open our eyes to the needs of those around us, and let us be the hands and feet of Jesus in their lives. Help us see people like Jesus sees them and serve them in His name, amen.