We should never underestimate our kind words, acts and deeds. So many times in life we are presented with an opportunity to be a blessing to someone else without motive or pretense, but because we are either too busy or we don’t want to invest the time to be a blessing we sadly let those opportunities pass us by where neither we nor they become better than we were before. That should never be us. We should never become so careless or lackadaisical that we forget what our life’s mission really is. The Lord Jesus made it plain as we read in Matthew 22:37-39 “...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” When we treat others as we would want to be treated in our time of need we are shining a light so bright that it will illuminate any dark situation that may be holding someone down. When we take an interest in the affairs of someone else trying to make it better than it was before we are showing our compassion, empathy and a special love and care that says I will be there for you to help you rise up again. Any person would be appreciative to receive that kind of help. (Luke 6:31) (Matthew 5:16)
It is for this reason that we should always go out of our way for our fellow man. We shouldn’t only want for our own well-being and think only about our plight because when we help another stand taller, rise higher and become better our own life becomes elevated just the same. God will impart into our life the same love and compassion that we impart into the life of someone else that was in need of what only we could offer. The Bible declares in Galatians 6:10 “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” If we want to leave a legacy of love then we have to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. We can’t wish someone to become better, but we can with our simple encouragement, advice and interaction help them become better, wiser and stronger than they were before those troubles. Our simple acts of love go such a long way. The ripples we create never end when our deeds are done, but they continue on through the life that we touched and then through the lives that they touch. (Matthew 25:34-40) (1 John 4:10-13)
Be encouraged to see how you can help to inspire someone else in their life. What can you do to make their situation just a little less burdensome? How can you help to brighten their day? What good can you offer to show that one that life isn’t as dark and depressing as they think it is right now? I pray that you see your value in your ability to be a world changer. We don’t have to be extraordinary to make a difference because the ordinary is good enough to make this world a better and brighter place. The more quickly we recognize this truth the quicker this world will receive our light. May my light and your light help to illuminate this whole world. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to see that it is in the simplest of ways that we can help our fellow man to become better.
WHAT INSPIRES ME?
First off I am not an easy fellow to inspire. When I am inspired (and it is not often) and it is not because of things that would normally inspire most other people.
I happen to be driving down the road one day last year with my three year old Granddaughter, Madison, when I happen to see a sign that read “Friendly Upholstery,” located on Old Jessup Road here in Brunswick, Georgia.” It was a small wooden shop located behind a small house which sat off the road some fifty feet, or so.
When I walked inside, the gentleman was on the telephone so I began to show Madison what they built in such a place.
As she and I were walking around, I overheard him tell whoever he was talking too that it was his birthday. I motioned with my hand and told him to take his time as I was in no hurry.
When he completed his telephone call, I began to explain to him that I had a small wooden shelf in my home office that protruded out from my computer desk. That on numerous occasions my granddaughter had banged her head into the shelf when playing with her Papa. I explained that I need a piece of leather or naugahyde material to cover the shelf to protect her head and face.
“She sure is a pretty little thing,” he said, as he reached out and rubbed the top of Madison’s head, making her laugh and then blush.
I stood watching as he headed off to a back room, located near the far end of his shop. Several minutes later he returned holding out a four foot by six foot piece of greenish-blue leather. I reached out, took the material and stood wondering how much this leather was going to cost me.
“How much do I owe you?”
“Don’t worry about it,” he told me, as he waived his hand back and forth.
After thanking him, and shaking his hand, Madison and I got into my truck and returned home, where I covered the small shelf with foam and the leather. It was less than an hour later when she slipped off the edge of my desk hitting her face directly on the side of the shelf. A bit stunned she got up, climbed into her Papa’s lap and just laid there hugging me.
I was very much inspired by that gentleman’s act of kindness. I was inspired by his concern for someone else’s safety, rather than the all mighty dollar, just another buck that he could have gotten from me, a stranger from out of nowhere.
Last week, one year later, I returned to his small shop and I thanked him once again. I wanted him to know that kindness and good deeds are truly appreciated by some, even in this day and age, and that I will forever remember that kindness.
People just being good, kind and respectful to one another is what inspires me most. Those emotions are free to everyone who wish to use them for themselves. They are also free to those who wish to give them away.
By Roger Dean Kiser
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
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.”
Galatians 5:22-26 “...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Philippians 2:3-7 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”
Ephesians 4:23-26 “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the New King James Version Bible.
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