Daniel 4:34 (ESV)
34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,
for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation.
Luke 14:12-14 (MSG)
12-14 Then he turned to the host. “The next time you put on a dinner, don’t just invite your friends and family and rich neighbors, the kind of people who will return the favor. Invite some people who never get invited out, the misfits from the wrong side of the tracks. You’ll be—and experience—a blessing. They won’t be able to return the favor, but the favor will be returned—oh, how it will be returned!—at the resurrection of God’s people.”
1 John 4:19(ESV)
19 We love because he first loved us.
Nebuchadnezzar was amazed at what Daniel’s God could do, but still went on his prideful way. God though, brought him back – I wonder how the politically correct would chastise God for his actions since they were pretty harsh for this world.
Pride, boastful pride. How it gets in the way. Who do you serve? Is it your friends and family? The folks you see every day? Is it only you?
Who are your strangers? Is the guy at the bottom of the off ramp a stranger? You see him every day on your way to work – why’s he still a stranger? How about the guy passed out in the same place almost every day? How about the single mom with two teenage boys always getting in trouble and she’s working two jobs to just pay bills? How about the shut in, cantankerous senior down the way? How about someone in jail just dying to find a better way? Who are your strangers?
Who is in your life that will never be able to pay you back with anything but love? If you don’t have any, what are you doing with your time? How will you be judged for how you used your talent? How will you justify your time spent here on earth? What kind of a legacy are you creating?
Who are you? Who are your stangers?