Many times in life we find ourselves being nice or considerate to only
those who are nice and considerate towards us. We allow their actions to
dictate our reactions. If they treat us kindly, we treat them kindly, if
they do something nice for us, we will then do something nice for them.
When we act in this manner, we are not allowing ourselves to be the giver
of happiness. When we allow others to initiate good things, we are
allowing our life to remain stagnant based on someone else's actions.
That ought not to be. We should be the initiators of blessings, joy and
Our countenance should reflect the joy of the Lord that is in our hearts.
One should only look at our demeanor and feel the infectious joy that
permeates from within our being. My challenge to you is to allow your life
to be the initiator of good things. Say hello to the stranger next to
you, share a word of encouragement, smile more for no apparent reason and
allow your life to be the catalyst in which the lives of others will be
made brighter and better. We do have it within ourselves to make a
difference, we just have to make a conscious effort.
Be encouraged to think on how you can make a difference. See the areas
where you can impact someone else. It is so easy to ask someone how their
day is going, to say hello more, to smile more and to simply take an
interest in someone else. People need to know that they are loved, cared
about and thought of. Let us take the reins and be the initiator of doing
good works. As children of the Most High God we are to lead by example,
we are to love without motive and we are to encourage and lift up those
who are downtrodden. When we act in this manner, we will please God and
we will bless our neighbor more than we can think or imagine.
I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to see how great
it is when we allow ourselves to be a blessing to someone else.
Several years ago I noticed something strange: people seemed to be smiling
at me more often. During my young adult years people had never smiled at
me that much. Most of the people I saw seemed to have grim, tense faces.
They would look at me for only a second or avert their eyes altogether.
Sometimes they would nod or say “hi” but more often said nothing at all.
All that seemed to change, though, as I got older. For some surprising
reason people were suddenly greeting me with a warm smile when I passed
them. Their eyes seemed to sparkle when they said, “hello” and many times
they would even stop to chat happily with me for a few minutes. At first I
didn’t know what to make of this. Had the whole world suddenly gotten
kinder without telling me? Had the hearts and souls of everyone I met
suddenly grown more loving and joyful for some reason?
Then one day when I was walking alone in a store the answer came to me. I
was thinking to myself of how much God loved me and of all the blessings I
had been given in this life. At that moment I walked by a display of
mirrors and saw that I had the happiest expression on my face. I had been
smiling without even knowing it. Then suddenly I realized that I was the
one who had changed. I had grown so much in love, joy, and oneness with
God. And it was the light shining from my own soul that others were
reflecting back to me.
We are all mirrors in this life. We all reflect each other’s love. We all
share each other’s light. We all help each other to become the image of
God that we were meant to be. May you always mirror every bit of goodness,
kindness, and joy that you see in this world. May your own soul always
shine bright as well. And may you make your whole life here a reflection
of the light of Heaven and the love of God.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 Timothy 6:10-12 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which
while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced
themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these
things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience,
meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life,
whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before
Psalm 9:1-2 “I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew
forth all Thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in Thee: I will
sing praise to Thy name, O Thou most High.”
John 13:12-15 “So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His
garments, and was set down again, He said unto them, Know ye what I have
done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If
I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash
one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as
I have done to you.”
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: IN HIS HANDS
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Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD NEVER FAILS
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry