There are many people in this world who play the “Keeping up with the Joneses” game. This game entails mimicking or trying to one up those whom they perceive have the “ideal life” that they wish to emulate. What we must realize about life is that each of us are running our own race. There isn't a need for any of us to compete with our neighbor trying to be better than them so that our confidence or self worth may feel it's best. If we want to feel our absolute best all we need to do is lend a helping hand to one who is in need. When we become blessers without motive, we will have found the secret to true and fulfilled happiness. Joy, peace and gladness do not come in possessions because possessions fade and lose their value over time, but our good works upon our fellow man never loses its value. It lives on in the hearts and minds of the recipients and the blessings that we took the time to bestow will help to elevate that life higher than it was before.
The Bible declares in 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.” If you are finding yourself not content in your life, I challenge you to change your perspective. Do not look at those who may have more than you, but rather look at those who are less fortunate and see where you may be able to make a positive impact upon their life. By focusing on doing good to those who are less fortunate, we will find our joy filled to overflowing because we allowed the Lord to use us in a simple way to make a positive impact upon another. That is the true definition of love. When we act selflessly without motive to help another become better. (Philippians 2:12-16) (Luke 6:30-36)
May we each strive to follow the command of the Lord Jesus and love our neighbor as we love ourselves. This world will become better much quicker than we can think or imagine when we do as the Bible says and esteem others higher than we esteem ourselves. (Matthew 22:37-40) (Philippians 2:2-3)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that you too can be used in extraordinary ways when you simply make yourself available to be the vessel in which God can work through.
A GAME ANYONE CAN PLAY
The most miserable people live in their own little worlds of isolation. They do little for others and rarely have much fun.
I heard of one older gentleman who was considered by the townspeople to be both rich and thrifty. His austerity earned him the reputation of a miser. When he died, everyone expected the authorities to find money stashed everywhere in his home. All they found were a few gallon cans filled with coins.
It came out that he had used most of his money to help put needy young students through college. And the coins filled his pockets as he walked down the streets of the business districts looking for cars whose parking meters had expired. When he found one, he would drop in a coin. One of his neighbors commented, “That explains why he looked so happy and contented!”
Of course! People who go out of their way to help others will always be happy.
I once tried the same thing with parking meters. I decided that, whenever possible, I would look for expired meters and drop in a coin. It became a game to see how many I could find just around my own car.
Then I learned something disturbing. I discovered it was illegal to do that in the city where I lived. When I learned that I was breaking the law, I quit looking for meters to feed. And I lost an extra bit of joy I found in anonymously helping out a stranger.
I believe that now it's time to change the rules of the game. It can be about doing something kind for somebody else - anything! - and not getting caught. Anonymous notes or cards ... flowers on a desk ... raking leaves in secret ... you get the idea. The trick is to remain anonymous. Plan in secret, act in secret, and most of all, have fun.
It's a game that is guaranteed to make you smile. And best of all, everyone is allowed to play.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Proverbs 16:18-20 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud. He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he.”
Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
1 John 4:20-21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”
Romans 13:10-14 “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
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.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: REACHING OUT
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry