I'd like to ask the question are we truly our brother's keeper? Do we genuinely and wholeheartedly care for the well-being of those who cross our paths or do we say silently within our hearts that they are someone else's problem? What we must realize about life is that it is better to serve, and a life has more significance when it is being used in a beneficial way for someone else. The Lord talked extensively about service. The Lord Jesus declares in Matthew 20:28 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.” If our Lord and Redeemer said that He came to serve, then how much more should we His followers be willing to serve others just as our Master did? I believe it goes without question then that a life lived in service to others is a life well lived. (1 John 3:18) (Philippians 2:1-4)
So how can one serve? Anyone can be used in service by simply being a blessing when the opportunity presents itself. We don't have to plan to be a blessing because most times our opportunities happen right before our eyes and then it is our decision whether we act and do something positive or be still and let the opportunity pass us by. When we consciously remember the command of the Lord to love your neighbor as you love yourself, to esteem others higher than we esteem ourselves, to be our brother's keeper, to lift up the downtrodden, to visit the widows and the fatherless, to simply be the conduit in which God can work through; it is then that we can be proud of how we are leading our life. Our life's example will point to the One Whom we serve and love and that should be every believer's goal in life. (Matthew 22:39) (James 1:27)
May we ever remember to be a blessing in any circumstance, any situation, any gathering and may the Lord bring glory and honor to His Name through our vessels which are unworthy to be used, but thankfully acceptable to be in His service. I encourage you again to take part in bettering the lives of those who cross your path. Be determined to continually and consciously make a difference that will never be forgotten or erased. (Colossians 3:23-25)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to seize every opportunity that comes your way to lift someone else up and show them the love of God through your positive affirmations.
Something magical once happened in Cinderella's Castle in Florida's Disney World. Children and parents were crowded into a room waiting for Cinderella's appearance. She made a dramatic entrance and the children clamored around her.
Whoever hired the young woman to play the role of Cinderella found a remarkable match. She was perfect. Flawless skin; beautiful face; bright eyes and smile; and, she was costumed exquisitely. She looked as if the cartoon character had come to life.
The children wanted to touch her and have her wave her wand over their heads. She smiled down at them and the room was electric with excitement.
Electric for everyone except two boys, apparently brothers, who stood next to a far wall, away from the other children. The older boy held the hand of the younger, much smaller boy, whose body and face were disfigured.
The look in the young boy's eyes was that of yearning. How he wanted to be with Cinderella. How he wanted to be a part of other children. But he held back, probably out of fear. He had likely been hurt too many times before by children who didn't understand.
But unexpectedly, Cinderella turned and saw the boys. And she must have noticed the longing in the little one's face, for she slowly made her way through the throng, inching toward the far wall.
Then something magical happened. Cinderella did the most remarkable thing -- something I'm sure she never learned in Cinderella Training Class. She bent down and kissed the little boy's face. He smiled a big and beautiful smile. Cinderella kissed him!
Could anything be so wonderful? Cinderella kissed him. Out of all of the children in that room, Cinderella kissed him. No matter what happens to him, he'll always have that -- Cinderella kissed him.
And when he looks into the mirror he will always see the face that Cinderella kissed looking back. Who knows... for months, for years, maybe forever. The stings and barbs of life will hurt a little less. And he will stand a bit taller and feel a little more special. He'll never forget that...something magical happened...the day that Cinderella kissed him.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Hebrews 13:15-16 “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”
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 fulfill 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.”
Galatians 5:22-26 “...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Philippians 2:3-7 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”
Ephesians 4:23-27 “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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