Every new day that we are fortunate enough to see is a beautiful day, but because of our trials, challenges and setbacks many times we fail to see the beauty of today because we are so focused on the misery of our obstacles. Instead of wallowing in the mire of discouragement, we should focus on our blessings, see the good that we possess and be thankful for every gift that God has graced us with. When we have a mindset of thankfulness and appreciation for our many blessings our hearts will be more at peace because our focus is on the good which greatly outweighs any bad that is in our life. The Bible tells us to give thanks in everything which means no matter what our circumstances are at any given moment we should be thankful. We should be thankful in the valleys knowing that we are getting stronger and thankful on the mountaintop knowing that we have overcome past trials. We should be thankful in the bad report and thankful in the good report, thankful in the raging storm and thankful for the sun filled day. A heart filled with gratitude will always be a heart looking on the bright side and that is what my wish is for each of us; to see our glass as half-full and not half empty focusing on the good that we possess and in doing so elevating our life to even greater Heights. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) (Psalm 34:1-10)
Be encouraged to be one who focuses on the good and not the bad. Count your blessings and not your problems. See the beauty of today, be thankful for it and do your best to share that joy with someone else who may be going through a struggle in their own life. Always remember that when we help to carry someone else’s burden ours becomes lightened as well. The Bible declares in Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.” When we make ourselves available to brighten our corner in any way our simple life will leave a lasting impact that will be remembered and thought upon long after our good deeds were done. That is why I believe we should always look on the bright side of life and then help to brighten the day of someone else who crosses our path. (Luke 6:30-36) (Galatians 6:9-10)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to be a Beacon of hope and light to everyone you come into contact with.
MOST BEAUTIFUL OF ALL
I decided to take my sons for a walk the other day. Autumn was in the air. Rich, delightful reds painted by God’s own hand were coloring some of the trees. Heavenly yellows shining brightly in the afternoon sunshine were coloring others. On the ground a carpet of dry leaves had begun to form along the path. They smelled wonderful and crunched under our feet as we walked along. A light breeze swirled newly falling ones around and around until they too gently floated to the ground. High in the sky we noticed a V-shaped flock of birds heading south for the Winter. As we walked along I smiled. Beauty was all around us. It felt so good to be out in nature. I felt blessed to be watching God’s glorious creation at its best.
As we turned a corner along the walking trail. I noticed a woman slowly making her way toward us. She was an elderly lady with an unkempt mass of gray hair. She wore old jeans and work boots. Her sweater was threadbare in spots and had obviously seen better days. She was carrying a trash bag in one hand and a pointed stick with a nail driven through it in the other. As she slowly made her way toward us she stopped to jab a piece of trash she saw on the ground with her stick. Then quickly and neatly she placed it in the trash bag. When we met she smiled and said: "Hello” to us. Her teeth were cracked and worn, but her voice was as youthful and angelic as I had heard in many a day. We talked for a bit and I thanked her for making our nature walk more beautiful with her work. She smiled again and said: “I just do what I can” before continuing down the path. Of all the things I saw that day, she was the most beautiful.
May we all live as lovely a life as hers. May God help us all to grow more and more loving so that our last days here will be our best days here. May God help us all to be a beautiful blessing to this world today, tomorrow, and for the rest of our lives.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:10-14 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.”
Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
Psalm 3:4-8 “I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and He heard me out of His holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: Thy blessing is upon Thy people. Selah.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE
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Today's Selected Testimony: OUT OF DARKNESS
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In Christ’s Service,
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