For some reason I am always conscious to the brevity of time. There are many moments where I catch myself thinking about my Judgment Day when I stand before God Almighty and He judges what I did with my life while I was on the earth. I don't think that is a normal thing that many people do, but I am glad that I do it. I am glad because I am still alive on this earth with a chance to help make a difference in someone's life that will never be forgotten or erased. I am thankful that I have unlimited opportunities to make my life impactful upon this earth so that when I am gone from it, a piece of me will still be left behind. The good works, the kind words, the love shown and shared will never fade away in the hearts and minds of those whom I was fortunate enough to cross paths with. (James 4:14) (Ecclesiastes 12:7-9) (Revelation 20:12)
When we take a moment to become introspective and really think about the meaning of life, we will quickly see that it is better used when it is used in service to others. What will we gain 100 years from now with all of our possessions? What good will they do for us when we are gone into our eternity? The simple answer is that possessions don't make the person any better, any wiser or any more useful to our fellow man, but a charitable life does make a difference. When we share from our great bounty, we are consciously using our life to help someone else rise higher, stand taller and feel the love of God through our simple and loving acts. (Luke 6:35-36)
Be encouraged to think about your life. Are you doing all that you can to be a helper, a motivator, an encourager and one who inspires others to reach towards the heights of victory? When we do make our life useful, the ripple effects that started with us will continue on far longer than we can ever think or imagine. To illustrate this, imagine reading an inspirational, encouraging or even funny e-mail. You enjoyed what you read and wanted to share it with someone else so you click forward and send the message to those who come to your mind so that they will enjoy it just as you did. That is the ripple effect being started, but after you send the e-mail, you no longer have control of who those people send the message on to. It may be to one other person or to a thousand other people. You will not know who the message will be going to, but it all started with your initiation. (Galatians 6:9-10)
That is exactly how we should think of our life. Think of it as a ripple starter. Start being charitable, start lifting others up, start encouraging others, start showing God's love, start something good that will continue on long after your initiation of it. If we want to change the world for the better, it has to start with us and we must be the ripple starter's. (1 Corinthians 13:1-6)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to think of your life and the good that you can bring from it and through it.
A SHORT TIME HERE
I got a surprise when I looked in the mirror today. It seems that my salt and pepper hair has more salt than pepper in it now. It doesn’t seem to need a comb anymore either. I have lost so much of it that a simple hand pat will do. It appears that a few of my hairs have lost their way too and ended up in my ears. I can’t really blame them, though. All of those wrinkles on my face must be tough for them to navigate through. Still, I wouldn’t give up a single wrinkle or grey hair. I’ve earned them all. They are the evidence of every laugh and smile I’ve ever had.
Sometimes, however, I am amazed at how my young soul ended up in this aging body. I surely don’t feel like a forty year old man on the inside. My soul keeps looking at this body in the mirror and wondering what happened. I guess that life here on Earth is just too brief to grasp at times. We were meant for eternity and life here is far too short even if we live 100 years. I can remember once reading the last words of Crowfoot, the great orator of the Blackfoot Nation. He said, “What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the Wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.”
Before your shadow loses itself in the sunset of eternity make sure that you live your life here to the fullest. Don’t worry so much about your aging body. It is just the vehicle that for a brief time carries your soul. Focus instead on the things that go on forever. Focus on the love you can give, the joy you can spread, the good you can do, and the oneness with God you can share with others. Fill your days with smiles and laughter and let the wrinkles fall where they may. Fill your days with learning and becoming through both dark hair and grey. Fill your days with love and joy and you will be too busy living them to count them. Remember, God only gives us a short time here. It is up to us to make the most of it.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
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.”
Romans 15:1-4 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not Himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on Me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE POWER OF ONE
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Today’s Selected Testimony: THE PINK BIRDS
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry