God is able to use us in extraordinary ways, but we must make ourselves
available so that when the opportunity comes our way, we will be ready.
We never know when someone may cross our path who needs a touch of
encouragement or to simply know that goodness still exists within humanity.
When we act as Christ did and follow the example that He left for us, we
will be eager to lend a helping hand, lift up that one who is feeling low
and simply make our love known so that others may be blessed and reassured
that they are not alone. 1 John 3:16-18 declares “This is how we know
what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay
down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and
sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God
be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue, but with
actions and in truth.”
What we must realize is that we are all connected in this world. One
theory says we are all separated by only 6 degrees which means that anybody
on this planet can be connected back to us by only six other people. What
this tells me is that there are no strangers in this world. Whether we
know the person next to us or not makes no difference. We are still
connected because we have the same Creator and He tells us to love your
neighbor as you love yourself. When we take the initiative to be helpful
to someone in need, we are not only blessing that person, but we are also
blessed in our own life. The Lord who sees all things will reward us for
our compassion and He will give to us what we lack.
(Matthew 22:37-40) (Matthew 6:1-4)
Be encouraged to do all that you can to be helpful when you have the
opportunity. Doing so may make you someone's visible Angel without you
even realizing it. Let us take the initiative in every circumstance and
let us be doers of the Word and not hearers only. Using one's life to
make a difference in this world is a life well lived.
(Matthew 5:38-42) (Luke 6:35-38)
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to see how easy it
is to make a difference in the lives of others.
GOODNESS OF GOD - MEETING NEEDS
I have a story to tell. It is a little lengthy, but well worth your time.
Sometimes, wonderful things happen in our lives which are hard to keep to
Yesterday, my daughter Carol and I met together at Dallas' Fair Park Music
Hall, for our traditional season tickets performance. We were still
enjoying the music in our heads as we headed for the parking lot. Behind
the car next to Carol's we spotted a bracelet and picked it up. It was not
expensive but had a variety of stones embedded on each link. Carol said,
“Maybe it belongs to the owner of this car. Maybe she will be here in a
A step further revealed a flat tire on Carol's car. A big screw in the tire
was the culprit. She quickly called Mr. Rescue for help, but the wait was
long. We spotted an elderly woman searching the lot. We couldn't tell if
she was looking for someone or her car. I stepped out to see if we could
assist. She, too, was waiting for help-to unlock her car. We invited her
to wait inside our car, out of the Texas heat. We waited a little over an
hour, when a young woman arrived at the car next to us. Carol asked her if
she had lost a bracelet. The woman had not noticed it was missing but
quickly described it. Tears welled in her eyes as she said that it had
been given to her by her mother. The following day she was to travel to
visit her mom, who is undergoing cancer treatment. Carol said, “Now I know
why I had the flat tire.” We had to wait for her to claim her precious
belonging. The woman's comment in gratitude was, “God is good!”
Soon after, help arrived for the woman with the locked car, and quickly she
was on her way-- but not before “God blessing us” for our concern. The
young man who helped get her inside her car was not from the same vendor
Mr. Rescue had ordered, but he quickly set about changing the flat.
Meanwhile, Carol was calling Mr. Rescue to see if they could change the
order to this new “rescuer.” A few calls and that was accomplished. During
all of this procedure, the young man said, “Well, if I get the
authorization, fine. If not, I'll just call it my good deed for the day.”
Albert, Carol's husband, was on the cell phone a few times during all
this-concerned for her well-being as well as worrying about getting to his
lay chaplain class that evening. It was pretty obvious that Carol would not
be home in time with the car. A fellow co-worker learned of his problem
and offered to take him to class.
Instead of being depressed over a flat tire, we were rejoicing at the
goodness of God. Some may believe it was all circumstantial, but what are
the chances of these events happening all at once?
A precious bracelet lost -- returned to its rightful owner. A woman with a
locked car -- given a cool place to wait. A flat tire -- repaired by
someone who might not be compensated, even though that was his livelihood.
A man without a ride to class -- supplied by a caring co-worker.
All I can say is, indeed, God is good! He dwells in all of us who are
believers, and I am always in awe of Him.
Addendum -- “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and
mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 3:16-18 “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.”
Galatians 6:2-4 “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.”
Matthew 12:35-37 Jesus declares “A good man out of the good treasure of the
heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure
bringeth forth evil things. But I say unto you, That every idle word that
men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment.
For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be
Philippians 2:2-3 “Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same
love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife
or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than
Luke 6:37-38 Jesus says, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn
not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For
with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THINGS TO FORGET
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Today’s Selected Testimony: ANGELS IN THE ROOM
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry