We should always have a welcoming presence about ourselves so that all
people will feel comfortable around us and know that when they come near
to us they will feel the love that we have within us. So many people in
this world are wary of others because they have either been hurt, used or
betrayed and now they feel more secure simply staying away from others so
that they can't be hurt again. What we can do to help restore their faith
in their fellow man is to show them by our acts, words and deeds that good
still exists in this world and that everyone should be given a chance to
show that goodness exists within them and when we give others the love,
honor and respect that they deserve, we will be helping them to open that
door that they had long closed shut within themselves.
As believers in Christ and followers of His command we should always hold
healing as the centerpiece of our life. How do we hold healing? We do so
by encouraging others when they feel low, affirming them when they feel
like they have nothing special to offer and inspiring them by naming their
qualities and showing them how much they still have to do in their life.
We hold such great power when it comes to being encourager's of others and
many times we don't realize the many blessings that we hold between our
lips and because of this we say and do nothing, but I believe that it's
time that we do realize the power that we hold and use it to better those
who don't believe or know how special they really are.
Be encouraged to take the initiative to be a healer in life. Do your best
to undo the damage that others have done. Be a life changer and know that
when you begin to do so in the lives of others, you will also be a world
changer. We must remember that ripples start off very slowly, but they
continue on long past what we could see or possibly know. Allow yourself
to be a ripple starter by being a life changer because the good deeds that
you initiate in one's life will continue on through their life and the
lives of those that they will touch. It all starts by our initiative to
be a blessing. The blessings that we start will continue on much longer
than we could ever think or imagine. I encourage you again to be a life
changer and a ripple starter.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see how love
covers a multitude of sins. Let us be that beacon of hope, light and love
that all will be drawn to.
WHAT'S WAITING FOR US AT HOME
When I was a little boy I used to wait for that final bell to ring at the
end of the school day. As much as I enjoyed school and being with my
friends I always looked forward to getting on that school bus and heading
home. Once I got dropped off I would almost run across the old, shaky,
swinging bridge that spanned the river and led to my house. I would open
the door with a big smile on my face too because I knew what would be
waiting for me: a warm home, a warm meal, and a warm hug.
After I grew up and had children of my own I always tried to have those 3
things waiting for them as well. They knew too that anytime they visited
their grandparents or great-grandparents that they would get more of the
same. It was, after all, a family tradition.
Of the three, however, I think that it was the warm hugs that my children
and I enjoyed most of all. As a boy those hugs kept me warm even on those
cold, Winter days when the house was drafty and everyone was crowded around
the wood stove. As a man, giving those hugs still brought a big, warm smile
to my kids’ faces even when my cooking left something to be desired. It is
those hugs that I still share freely with my children even now that they
are as big as I am. It is those hugs that I hope to share with my future
grandchildren too. It is those hugs with their armfuls of joy that can help
us all to share our love for each other.
It is those hugs that I hope to share one day with my Heavenly Father as
well. God is love and I can think of no more loving way to greet Him when
I finally make it Home. In fact, I think His loving arms await us all. We
need only to open our hearts and our arms to Him as well. Join in God’s
family tradition then. Fill your house with warm hugs, gentle love, and
joyous oneness with him. It is, after all, what’s waiting for you at Home.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
John 15:11-13 Jesus says “These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy
might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is My
commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love
hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in
honour preferring one another.”
Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so
fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when
he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work,
and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them
that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things,
but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of
all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
1 John 3:16-19 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down
His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But
whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth
up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in
deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before Him.”
Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of
love, which ye have shewed toward His Name, in that ye have ministered to
the saints, and do minister.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE RIGHT WORDS
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Today’s Selected Testimony: I'M AN OVERCOMER
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry