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Your Interruptions are Your Invitations!


Building One Another  

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. I Thessalonians 5:11

Your Interruptions are Your Invitations!

Dear Friend,

How do you feel about being interrupted? You are cooking a meal, working on the computer, reading a book, scrolling on Facebook and bam someone interrupts you.

Perhaps it’s a phone call or a child tugging or an email or the doorbell. It’s easy to be annoyed because interruptions can be irritating - you want to do what you are doing!

Jesus was constantly being interrupted.  Nicodemus interrupts to talk at night. Blind Bartimaeus interrupts with a holler to be healed. A woman coming for water interrupts his rest by a well. His own mother interrupts during a wedding reception.

In these and countless other moments we see the grace, power, and mercy of our Lord shining through the very interruption. For Jesus, the interruption was an invitation – an invitation to serve the person or people who were interrupting.

To see the interruptions in your life as invitations to serve means getting over yourself and giving yourself to the people in your life!

“Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue... Jairus and seeing Jesus, he fell at his feet and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death… and Jesus went with him.” Mark 5

Your interruptions are your invitations.

Joy to you - Stan

© Copyright 2022 E. Stanley Ott

Scripture from the ESV

Show Notes

  1. Interruptions can be irritating when you are working on some task. Think of a few times you have been interrupted in whatever you were doing. How did you feel? How did you handle it.
  2. Think of some of the moments in which Jesus was interrupted. How did he handle them? What happened as a result?
  3. What do you think of the idea of viewing interruptions as invitations - as opportunities to see the needs of people and to serve them?
  4. Will you work to see the interrruptions in your life as invitations - God's invitation to get over yourself and focus on the people in your life?

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