The love that we give, the love that we share, the love that we impart into the life of someone else will never be in vain. There are so many lost and hurting people that need to be shown kind acts of love, care, compassion, empathy and receive an assurance that someone else cares for their well-being. An old friend recently called me. He is a handyman who has been over my house many times in years past and fixed simple things that were broken or not working as they should have. We became good friends even though he’s close to my grandfather’s age. We would joke, laugh, talk about his time in Vietnam and have had many other conversations. I have not seen him in quite some time, but when I answered the phone and heard his voice a smile came to my face. He was having some computer problems and needed some help to get it working right again. After the formal greetings I asked him how he’s been doing since I saw him last. His answer wasn’t encouraging. He felt alone and as if nobody cared for his well-being. I assured him that I cared and that more people than he could possibly know also cared. He laughed and said yeah I know, but I went on to emphasize his great qualities and how he should be encouraged with how special he really is. We ended the call a little while later and I told him to come over soon so we can spend some time together. (John 13:34-35) (1 Corinthians 13:1-8)
Afterwards I felt glad that I was the person he called not because I could help fix his computer, but because I could help encourage his heart. So many times we don’t realize how our words can make a positive impact upon someone else that’s feeling down or discouraged. When we simply take the focus off of ourselves and place it on someone else who needs to be lifted up, our impact can be immeasurable. The Bible declares in Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.” When we live with the mindset of preferring others, our life’s impact is sure to be a positive one and the ripples that we create will continue to reverberate long after our simple kind acts were done. May we each think of how our life can be used to impact the life of someone else. May we place ourselves in their shoes so that we can see their need and then do our best to alleviate their burden and receive the rest that they lack. (Colossians 3:12-17) (Matthew 5:14-16)
I encourage you to never under estimate your ability to be an encourager. All people need is to be shown a simple act of love and care. We are all capable of doing that. We are able to take an interest in someone else. We are able to spend a few minutes giving and receiving in conversation so that someone else may feel loved, appreciated, cared for and thought about. The Lord Jesus declares in Matthew 25:37-40 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?? And the King will answer and say to them, Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.” (1 John 4:7-13)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to do your absolute best to impart love and hope into the lives of everyone you are fortunate enough to cross paths with.
WEB OF LOVE
Listen to how a simple ball of yarn became a web of love for one classroom of high school students.
Their teacher seated the students in a circle on the carpeted floor. One member of the group was instructed to toss a ball of yarn to someone across the circle, holding tightly to one end. The recipient took hold of the string and listened as the one who tossed it shared something that she especially liked about him. Keeping hold of the string, he then tossed the ball across the circle to someone else and affirmed something positive about her. The ball of yarn was tossed across and around the circle until everyone had both heard and shared encouragement...and thus the yarn became a woven web of love and good feelings...
Before they went their separate ways, the teacher took scissors and snipped through the web. Each person took a piece of yarn away as a remembrance of the special words they heard. Surprisingly, many of them wore cherished pieces of yarn around their wrists for days and weeks afterward.
Every year now, students ask their teacher to end the term with the Web of Love. It has become an annual tradition in their high school which goes to show how much encouragement means to most people.
Why wait? We can find opportunities to affirm others throughout the day. Few people grow weary of hearing sincere appreciation and praise. And each time you give it you help to create an invisible web of love that can last a lifetime.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the Lord, because He hath heard the voice of my supplications. The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise Him. The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed.”
Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the Lord always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt Thou suffer Thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fulness of Joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Galatians 6:9-10 “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.”
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.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry