With the busyness of life it is important that we slow down and become introspective over our life so that we can see if we are missing anything of importance. So many times we get dragged into the rat race of life competing with our neighbor trying to “out live, out buy, out do” our fellow man so that we can be the envy of society. That is a sad way to go through life because vanity means very little in the long-term. Instead we should invest goodness, charity, love, encouragement, mercy and forgiveness into the lives of those around us so that our life will never be erased or forgotten from their memory. That will be a life well lived when it is lived to be a blessing without motive and without pretense. That is how God loves us. The Bible says that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. That is a love that I would wish to emulate to my friends, to my family, to my neighbors and even to people I don’t know. Loving others with purity of heart will make our life significant upon this earth and instead of competing with the Joneses, we will be loving and lifting up the Joneses which will not put us in competition with one another, but rather we will offer love towards one another. (Romans 5:8) (1 John 4:10-12)
When we realize this truth that charity is worth more than gaining wealth, that preferring others is better than our selfishness and that by offering love we can make a difference that will live on in the hearts and minds of those whom we were fortunate enough to cross paths with, that is when we will have found the secret of living life to its fullest potential.. We are admonished time and again throughout the Scriptures to love all, welcome all, forgive all, encourage all and prefer others helping to give them what they lack in their life. 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.” I encourage you to think about the precious time that God has entrusted you with and see if it is being used effectively and to its fullest potential. If it isn’t, it’s not too late to make the necessary changes to make your life significant upon this earth so that when that day comes when you stand before the Lord you will hear those wonderful words “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” These are the words that I hope to hear upon my entrance. May it be yours as well. (1 Corinthians 13:1-8) (Luke 6:31)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to slow down from the busyness of life and do something that will help you as well as those around you become better.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING FOR?
I remember reading a story once about a wealthy businessman who over the years of his travels had formed a friendship with a Native American. This pair in spite of their differences remained close and after many years the businessman finally convinced his friend to visit him in the city where he lived. As they were walking down the busy streets full of noise, traffic, and people the Native American suddenly stopped, walked into an alley, and bent down over a small plant growing there. His friend followed him and found him listening to a tiny cricket chirping. Amazed, the businessman asked him how he had ever heard that little sound among the deafening noise of the city. The Native American just smiled and said, “What you hear is what you listen for.” As they walked back to the street the Native American took a handful of coins out of his pocket and dropped them on the pavement. The businessman smiled as he saw a dozen heads turn towards the sound. He realized what his friend had meant.
What are you listening for in this life? Are you listening for the latest lottery numbers to be announced or are you listening for the sweet songs of the birds in the morning? Are you listening for the newest gossip people are saying or are you listening for the happy sound of your children’s laughter? Are you listening for the shouting voices of anger and hatred in this world that try to fill our ears and hearts with their poison? Or are you listening for the gentle voice of God whispering to you: “I love you My Child. Come work with Me and we will shower the world with love and joy together.”
Either way what you listen for is what you will hear. Open your ears, mind, heart, and soul then. Listen with them for all this world’s joys. Listen with them for the loving voice of God within you. Listen with them and delight in the glorious music that is life.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Matthew 25:37-40 Jesus says, “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.'”
Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”
Romans 12:14-17 “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 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.”
1 Peter 3:8-11 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: HOPE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry