For some time now the word able has been repeating in my mind. I've been
thinking about this word because it has so much meaning, it has so much
application, it has so much power and when this word becomes a part of our
daily thoughts, amazing things can happen. When we take that word able
from our thoughts and apply it into action, lives can change for the
better. When we believe in this word and apply it to our daily life, we
will become better, wiser and stronger than we ever thought we could be.
We must have the right attitude and when this word able is at the center
of our thoughts, nothing will be impossible to us.
How can this one word impact our life and the lives of others so greatly?
The answer is very simple. When we believe that we are able, we will
apply ourselves in ways that we haven't before. When we get the mindset
of an able people, we will stand taller, fight harder, believe longer and
we will help more. When we see that our life can be used to better
someone else's life, we will see how able we've been all along, but we
simply didn't realize how able we always were. We should never take the
responsibility off of ourselves and allow someone else who is able to do
the task that we can do. If we know we are able, then we shouldn't allow
anything or anyone to keep us from making that positive change.
You may not believe in yourself as you should, but I want you to know that
you are able. You are able to live a better life, you are able to stand
up again, you are able to forgive yourself and receive forgiveness for
your past shortfalls. You are able to love and be loved much more than
you can possibly know and the one that is most important to me is that we
are able to help someone else believe in themselves again. We should
never believe the lie that we can't become better, become wiser or become
stronger. We each have been given the gift of Grace which means a new
beginning is always available with the Lord. We are an able people. We
can overcome, we can triumph and we can be victorious. We simply must
believe that we are able.
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to see that you can
make a difference and you can change lives for the better.
I'VE COME TO HELP
You may remember the old Flip Wilson routine when someone asked the comic
about his religion. He answered, “I am a Jehovah's Bystander.” “A Jehovah's
Bystander?” remarked his friend. “I never heard of a Jehovah's Bystander.”
Flip said, “Well, they asked me to be a witness, but I didn't want to get
In these troubled times, I think Edmund Burke is right. “The only thing
necessary for the triumph of evil,” he says, “is for good men to do nothing.”
We can complain about injustices, we can lament the suffering of the world
and even feel sorry for the helpless plight of others. Or we can do what
we can, even if it's only a little.
Theodore Roosevelt read a book by New York newspaperman Jacob Riis titled
How The Other Half Lives. We often think of the “other half” as living in
luxury. The other half are those who are powdered and pampered. The rich
and famous. Movers and shakers.
But the book did not describe the wealthiest few of society. Instead it
described the slums of the city, with all its vice and crime. Families
living in poverty and fear - too afraid to leave their homes after dark.
The other half, said Riis, were the poor among us.
Theodore Roosevelt was moved to action. He went at once to the newspaper
office where the author worked, but Riis was not in. Roosevelt left his
card and wrote on it, “Have read your book and have come to help.”
He did not say, “Have read your book and have come to discuss.” Or, “Have
read your book and have come to compliment you on your writing.” He said,
“Have read your book and have come to help.”
“I am only one, but I am still one; I cannot do everything, but still I
can do something, and because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to
do the something that I can do.” Nineteenth century writer Edward Everett
Hale said that.
He speaks to me today.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 20:6-9 “Now know I that the LORD saveth His anointed; He will hear
him from His Holy Heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some
trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of
the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and
stand upright. Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.”
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire,
wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that
giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Psalm 23:1-4 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to
lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He
restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His
name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they
Psalm 37:23-26 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging
bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.”
Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun
a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: THE PROMISE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry