“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

One hot Texas afternoon I stopped into a grocery store to get a few things. The man ahead of me in the checkout line was wearing a T-shirt that caught my attention. On the back of his shirt were the names of the five Dallas Police Officers who were killed at a protest just a few weeks before. I don’t normally talk to strange men in the grocery checkout line, but something compelled me to speak.

“I like your shirt,” I said clumsily. I mean, what do you say? He glanced at me and smiled politely. Then a thought came to my mind and before I could stop myself, I said, “Are you a police officer?”

He nodded.

“Thank you for your service,” I said.

For the first time, he looked me square in the eyes and said, “My pleasure.”

Most of my prayers lately center around how to live in what I have heard referred to as “the flow of the Spirit” — allowing God’s Spirit within me to lead me to serve and bless others. Throughout the New Testament there are references to how God’s followers were lead to travel, speak, and heal as the Spirit lead them to do.

I believe we are invited to live in the flow of the Spirit today. But what does that look like? Maybe it looks like a kind word or a small selfless gesture. Maybe it is saying a simple thank you to a local policeman.

Lord, show me what it means to live in the flow of the Spirit. Amen.

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