The love that we give, share and impart upon another will never be lost to them. The kindness that we show to another is sure to make an impact upon their life. It may not be visible to us in that moment, but every loving act of kindness will take root in one's heart and will be thought upon when that one reflects over their life. That is why we should always take the initiative to be a shining Beacon of hope and love to everyone we come into contact with. Our shining example is promised to leave a lasting legacy even if we don't see its fruition for ourselves. We don't need to see the evidence in order to sow goodness. We simply need to be the planters or sowers of goodness and let the Lord do the rest. Our calling is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. We are commanded to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. When we follow these two simple commands of the Lord Jesus Christ our life will make an impact upon this world that is immeasurable and unknowable. (Matthew 22:37-39) (Luke 6:30-36)
No matter what problems you may be facing at this present moment, I encourage you to take the initiative and show love to another. You may not feel like it, you may not believe you can, but with Godís strengthening you can do the impossible. Give to someone else what you seek yourself and watch God do a miracle on your behalf. Everything we have in this world isnít really ours anyway. We are stewards who have been entrusted with a little or a lot and we are called to use what we have been given for our betterment and for the betterment of others. See this truth for yourself and make your life significant. Donít hoard what you canít keep anyways. Give it away and see God return to you more than you ever thought or imagined. That is what sowing does. It gives us the opportunity to get more than we presently have. (Matthew 25:14-30) (1 John 4:10-12)
Think of a farmer eating his seeds. How silly does that sound? If he did, he would never have a harvest to look forward to. That is why farmers know they must sow their seeds in order for their harvest to come in. I encourage you again to show love at every opportunity. Give to that one in need, encourage that one who is feeling down, lend your ear to someone who is feeling all alone and with your words, deeds and actions strive to leave every situation better than it was before you arrived. Living a significant life isnít difficult. Living a significant life must simply be lived with purpose, with focus and with determination to give our all each and every new day that we are blessed enough to see. I pray that your life will be significant upon this Earth! (2 Corinthians 1:3-5) (James 1:27)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to give your all in love so that your lifeís legacy will live on into eternity.
A POT OF SAUCE
My daughter made her first attempt at cooking her great-grandmotherís spaghetti sauce the other day and unlike her father she got it perfect the very first time. Using my Nanaís family recipe she carefully mixed just the right amount of tomato juice, olive oil, garlic, parsley, bay leaves, salt, pepper and sugar together and set it to slowly simmer for hours and hours while the sweet Italian sausage cooked in it as well.
When it was done she opened the pot and my Italian nose inhaled with joy. The smell was heavenly. I slowly took a wooden spoon, dipped it in the sauce, lifted it to my lips, closed my eyes, and tasted her creation. It was delicious, delightful, and a feast for my soul. With that first taste I was immediately transported back to my childhood on memories of love. I remembered Nanaís food, felt her hugs, saw her smile, heard her voice, and basked in her joy once again. For that one moment time stood still, love was eternal, and Heaven and Earth were one.
I am happy too that my daughter will be passing on the family sauce recipe to her own children some day. I know that she will add her love to every pot and season their lives with her love as well. She knows that love is the secret ingredient to every good meal, every good life, every happy heart, and every healthy soul.
God loves us so much. God is love. And God wants us to pass on our love to everybody we can and in every way we can. Letís have the time of our lives doing so then. Letís share our sauce, our stories and our smiles. Letís spend afternoons in the park. Letís give hugs from the heart. Letís pass on family heirlooms, precious memories, and letters written with love. Letís season our days with caring, compliments, and acts of kindness. Letís say ďI love youĒ with our lives. Letís make each day a feast of love and invite everyone we can to the table.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Galatians 6:7-10 ďBe not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.Ē
Psalm 40:1-4 ďI waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.Ē
Psalm 37:23-27 ďThe steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.Ē
1 John 4:18-21 ďThere is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him, because He first loved us. 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.Ē
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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