There are many people in this world who take it upon themselves to be a light in the midst of darkness, hope in the midst of despair and encouragement to those who feel only discouragement and depression. Those who take the initiative to follow the commands of Christ to love thy neighbor and to do unto others as they would have done unto them are allowing their life to be a shining Beacon of hope that others are drawn to and would wish to emulate. What happens many times however is that the encouragers themselves become discouraged thinking that all their good works are in vain and that their life is making very little difference in the lives of others. What I would say to anyone who is feeling that way is that you should continue on with your good works. Don’t allow your natural thinking to impact your supernatural impact upon this world. God is able to use the ripples that we start to continue on far longer than we can ever think or imagine in our natural mind. As we start the ripples of encouragement, of love, of hope, God will take over the ripples and continue to lead that life onto the better path that He has set forth for them. (Matthew 5:43-48) (Luke 6:31-36)
Our job as encourager’s is simply to continue on no matter how great or how small our contribution may be in our own eyes. We don’t have to worry about the results, we just have to start the ripples of encouragement, of love, of hope and let God take over the rest. I know about feeling discouraged and wanting to give up. I know about thinking that all my work is in vain and that nobody is benefiting, but when these thoughts of defeat start creeping into my mind I quickly recall the hundreds if not thousands of messages that I have received over the years that have told me of how impactful my ministry and these messages have been upon those who have taken the time and read the messages and applied the lessons that were written therein. I know my job isn’t as important or vital as so many other professionals, but what I have to remind myself is my gifts are to be used to the fullest until they have all been used up. (Galatians 6:9-10) (Philippians 2:14-18)
That is how you should think also. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. Don’t think about the gifts, talents and abilities of others, but think of yours. Hone your abilities; use your gifts for the betterment of others. Don’t give up, don’t think your work is in vain, but like a thoroughbred put your blinders on and keep focused on what is ahead of you. Do as much good as you can; spread love, spread joy, spread hope, tell others about God’s goodness so that when your time comes to meet the Lord on that Glorious Day you will have spent every ounce of gifting that you were entrusted with on the Earth. That is what I hope to do. I hope it will be yours as well. (Hebrews 12:1-3) (Proverbs 27:17)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to always make yourself available in service to another helping to elevate their life and in turn elevating your life as well.
A LIFE THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
“How do you account for your remarkable accomplishments in life?” Queen Victoria of England asked Helen Keller. “How do you explain the fact that even though you were both blind and deaf, you were able to accomplish so much?”
Ms. Keller's answer is a tribute to her dedicated teacher. “If it had not been for Anne Sullivan, the name of Helen Keller would have remained unknown.”
Speaker Zig Ziglar tells about “Little Annie” Sullivan, as she was called when she was young. Little Annie was no stranger to hardship. She was almost sightless herself (due to a childhood fever) and was, at one time, diagnosed as hopelessly “insane” by her caregivers. She was locked in the basement of a mental institution outside of Boston. On occasion, Little Annie would violently attack anyone who came near. Most of the time she generally ignored everyone in her presence.
An elderly nurse believed there was hope, however, and she made it her mission to show love to the child. Every day she visited Little Annie. For the most part, the child did not acknowledge the nurse's presence, but she still continued to visit. The kindly woman left cookies for her and spoke words of love and encouragement. She believed Little Annie could recover, if only she were shown love.
Eventually, doctors noticed a change in the girl. Where they once witnessed anger and hostility, they now noted an emerging gentleness and love. They moved her upstairs where she continued to improve. Then the day finally came when this seemingly “hopeless” child was released.
Anne Sullivan grew into a young woman with a desire to help others as she, herself, was helped by the loving nurse. It was she who saw the great potential in Helen Keller. She loved her, disciplined her, played with her, pushed her, and worked with her until the flickering candle that was her life became a beacon of light to the world. Anne Sullivan worked wonders in Helen's life, but it was a loving nurse who first believed in Little Annie and lovingly transformed an uncommunicative child into a compassionate teacher.
“If it had not been for Anne Sullivan, the name of Helen Keller would have remained unknown.” But if it had not been for a kind and dedicated nurse, the name of Anne Sullivan would have remained unknown. And so it goes. Just how far back does the chain of redemption extend? And how for forward will it lead?
Those you have sought to reach, whether they are in your family or elsewhere, are part of a chain of love that can extend through the generations. Your influence on their lives, whether or not you see results, is immeasurable. Your legacy of dedicated kindness and caring can transform lost and hopeless lives for years to come.
You can never overestimate the power of your love. It is a fire that, once lit, may burn forever.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Isaiah 40:29-31 “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
2 Samuel 22:29-32 “For Thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. For by Thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all them that trust in Him. For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?”
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him My salvation.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: WHAT IS FAITH?
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Today's Selected Testimony: JESUS IS THE FAITHFUL PROVIDER
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry