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1041st -- A Long Way


No matter the struggles, hardships and trials that we face, we should 
always allow ourselves to think on the plight of others and see how we may 
be able to make their life better because of our interaction with them. 
So many people today are facing difficult times whether financially, 
physically, emotionally or spiritually. They need a shoulder to lean 
upon, an ear to hear their struggles and a voice to speak hope and 
encouragement into their life. Sometimes we need to treat people gingerly 
letting them know how special they are, how much they have to offer this 
world and how important they are to us personally. By speaking blessings 
into the lives of others we are reminding them that their worth is much 
more than they could ever think or imagine for themselves. They are 
special despite their hardships and when they receive the simple 
encouragement that we impart into their life, they become much stronger 
than they ever thought they could be.

By imparting blessings into the lives of others, we become just as blessed 
if not more so. By investing wisely in the lives of those around us, we 
are depositing goodness, blessings, joy and peace that will make both of 
our lives better in the end. Be encouraged to see the benefits of 
imparting your encouragement into the life of someone around you. Allow 
your life to be the catalyst in which a positive change can come. By 
doing all that you can with what you have, you can change lives in ways 
that you've never dreamed about beforehand. See your position in this 
world as a motivator, encourager and a lifter up of souls and in doing so, 
you will make an impact that will never be erased or forgotten. This is a 
legacy that you will be proud to call your own.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see how great it 
is to be a blessing to someone else. Using our life lessons and imparting 
it into someone else's life is a great way to bring a positive change.


It was six years ago. I was walking into a local animal shelter on a cold, 
rainy day. Although my house was already full to overflowing with cats and 
dogs, I still couldn’t resist an occasional visit to the shelter. I would 
scratch the cats’ heads, pet the dogs, and drop off a donation of pet food 
when I could afford it. This time as I was walking down the row of pens 
full of barking dogs I noticed a small boy looking into one of them.

He had a thin almost malnourished looking body and a bony face with a big 
nose jutting out of the middle of it. He was looking at a small, mixed 
breed dog. Its Golden Retriever like hair was matted. Its bony ribs were 
showing and its thin tail was tucked between its legs. It wasn’t begging 
for attention like the other puppies but was cowering in the corner 
instead. The boy looked up at me with sad eyes and asked what was wrong 
with it. “It was probably abused and neglected”, I said. “That is why it 
is so scared.”

The boy immediately turned to an older lady and said, “Grandma, I want 
this one.” The old woman smiled and walked to the front desk to fill out 
the adoption forms. I followed and asked about the boy. I found out that 
he’d had a rough start in life too. She had just gotten custody of him 
after the state had taken him from his parents. She had hoped getting a 
dog would make it easier on him. I looked back at him, holding his scared 
puppy, and said a prayer for them both.

It was yesterday. I was driving down the road enjoying a gloriously sunny, 
Spring day. Then in a green front yard I saw him. His teenage body was 
tall and strong. His nose no longer seemed big and fit well into his 
smiling face. He was throwing a ball to a healthy, happy dog with shining 
golden hair. His little act of love and kindness had indeed gone a long 
way. It had saved a dog’s life, healed his own heart, and given this 
middle-aged man fresh hope for us all. I drove on in joy and said a little 
“Thank You” to God for the gift of love that lies in each of our hearts.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved 
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God 
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at 
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is 
perfected in us.”

Matthew 25:37-40 Jesus says,
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 
'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You 
drink? 'When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and 
clothe You? 'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 
And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, 
inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did 
it to Me.'”

Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus declares,
“You are the light of the world. A city 
that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put 
it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are 
in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your 
good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 19:29-30 Jesus declares,
“And every one that hath forsaken houses, 
or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or 
lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit 
everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last 
shall be first.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. 

Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem82.htm 

Today’s Selected Testimony: THE LIGHTNING STORM
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony60.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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