There are many people in this world who desire to be great in life. They want their life to make a significant impact that will never be forgotten or erased so that they can proudly say “I made a difference in this world.” That is an admirable quest to come from anyone, but what we must realize and understand is that each of us can make a difference in this world. Every person that is alive today is capable of making a difference in someone else's life. How can that be true? How can each of us make a difference? We do so by following God's greatest commandment which is “To love your neighbor as you love yourself.” When we love others as we love ourselves, we will honor them, we will favor them, we will look at them with the same love and thoughtfulness that God looks upon us with. (Matthew 22:37-40) (1 John 3:16-18)
Now we must ask ourselves do we wish to be useful or should we allow those opportunities to be a blessing to pass us by? The question is ours to answer. We can either be vessels in which the Lord can work through or we can sit idly by and allow others to partake in the blessings that could and should have been rightfully ours. What we must realize about life is that it is fleeting. All that we have worked so hard to accumulate and attain will one day whither and vanish away, but the good works that we did without motive or pretense will live on forever in our hearts and in the hearts of those whom we were fortunate enough to be a part of. May we have the foresight in this present time to see how our life can be used in making a difference in the lives of others. (Galatians 6:7-10) (Luke 6:29-31)
I encourage you again to seize every opportunity that comes your way to be a blessing. Share a kind word, do a good and kind deed, encourage, inspire, affirm, believe in, forgive, offer mercy towards and simply treat others as you wish to be treated and do for them what you would want someone to do for you in your time of need. When we take the initiative to be a blessing, we will become God's visible Angels to those hurting around us and I greatly believe we will make the Lord proud to call us His beloved child. (3 John 11) (Psalm 37:21-26)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to have a desire to be a blessing to someone else. Allow your life to make an impact in someone else's life so that you will be remembered and thought upon long after your good deed was done.
A DESIRE TO HELP
One mother was jogging through the park, pushing two toddlers in a stroller. As they approached a hill, she said, “OK, now I need you to help me.” And they did! As she started up the hill, they each said, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can...”
Sometimes it just takes the desire to help and you can find a way.
One person known for his desire to help was Fiorello LaGuardia. LaGuardia was mayor of New York City during the worst days of the Great Depression and all of WWII. He was adored by many New Yorkers who took to calling him the “Little Flower,” because of his name and the fact that he was so short and always wore a carnation in his lapel.
In many ways, LaGuardia was bigger than life - he rode the New York City fire trucks, raided city “speakeasies” with the police department, took entire orphanages to baseball games and, when the New York newspapers went on strike, he got on the radio and read the Sunday funnies to the kids.
One bitterly cold night in January of 1935, the mayor turned up at a night court that served the poorest ward of the city. LaGuardia dismissed the judge for the evening and took over the bench himself. Within a few minutes, a tattered old woman was brought before him, charged with stealing a loaf of bread. She told LaGuardia that her daughter's husband had deserted her, her daughter was sick, and her two grandchildren were starving.
But the shopkeeper, from whom the bread was stolen, refused to drop the charges. “It's a real bad neighborhood, Your Honor,” the man told the mayor. “She's got to be punished to teach other people around here a lesson.”
LaGuardia sighed. He turned to the woman and said, “I've got to punish you. The law makes no exceptions. Ten dollars or ten days in jail.” But even as he pronounced sentence, the mayor was already reaching into his pocket. He extracted a bill and tossed it into his famous hat, saying, “Here is the ten dollar fine which I now remit; and furthermore, I am going to fine everyone in this courtroom fifty cents for living in a town where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat. Mr. Bailiff, collect the fines and give them to the defendant.”
The following day, New York City newspapers reported that $47.50 was turned over to a bewildered woman who had stolen a loaf of bread to feed her starving grandchildren. Fifty cents of that amount was contributed by the grocery store owner himself, while some seventy petty criminals, people with traffic violations, and New York City policemen, each of whom had just paid fifty cents for the privilege of doing so, gave the mayor a standing ovation. Sometimes it just takes the desire to help and you can find a way.
Someone beautifully said, “Sympathy sees and says, 'I'm sorry.' Compassion sees and says, 'I'll help.'” When we learn the difference, we will make a difference.
By Steve Goodier
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.”
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.”
Matthew 25:37-40 Jesus declares “Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me.”
1 Peter 3:8-11 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry