It is a great blessing when we are able to make someone else feel loved and appreciated. In this day and age people are busier than ever before and don’t really think about what someone else might be going through and how they may need to hear a word of appreciation and recognition. When we take a few minutes to say a kind word, do a kind deed or recognize a job well done, we are imparting blessings upon that one that will never be forgotten or erased from their memory. If you think back over your life and you were shown appreciation for something that you did well, how happy did that make you feel? Just as we appreciate being shown kindness, let us be the initiators of showing love, kindness and appreciation for those around us who work so tirelessly to make a difference. The Bible tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 “And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. Be at peace among yourselves.” (Romans 15:1-4) (Romans 12:18-21)
Be encouraged to make yourself available to be a blessing when the opportunity comes your way and remind yourself that by being a friend you are welcoming friendship, by loving others you are welcoming love into your own life. It all goes back to sowing and reaping. When we bless we become blessed, when we lift up we become lifted up, when we are there for others, others will be there for us just the same. No seed that goes into the ground will return unto us void, but it will fulfill its purpose. That is why we should always take the initiative to be our brother’s keeper, to encourage another, to inspire that one who may be doubting their abilities and not believing in themselves as they should. The Lord Jesus tells us in John 13:34-35
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (Galatians 6:2-4) (Romans 12:10-14)
May we take the mandate of the Lord seriously and do for others as we would wish would be done unto us in our time of need and make ourselves available to be the vessel in which God can work through to bring Glory and Honor to His Name that will last forever and ever. (Luke 6:31)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to let your light shine so bright that all will be drawn to you and would want to emulate your example of love.
THERE YOU ARE
“Skipper, a special message just came in for you from the admiral,” a sailor reported to his captain, holding out a brown envelope. “I have it right here.”
“Just read it to me,” said the captain.
“I think it's personal, Sir. You may want to read it in private.”
“Read it aloud to me,” he ordered, “unless you're embarrassed by a little flattery.” He stuck his chest out a tiny bit further.
The sailor read, “You are without a doubt, the most conceited, self-absorbed, ego-maniac ever to command a ship in this country's navy.”
The skipper scowled. “Have that communication decoded at once.”
Surely it couldn't mean what it said. The captain was like a proud lion who strutted through the jungle. The lion came across a chimpanzee. “Who is the king of the jungle?” he demanded.
“Why, of course, you are.” The terrified chimpanzee trembled. With that, the lion gave a mighty roar.
Next he spotted a hyena. “Who is the king of the jungle?”
The hyena was quick to respond. “You are, mighty one.” She bounded away without looking back.
Then the lion came across an elephant drinking from the river. “Who is the king of the jungle?” he roared.
The elephant grabbed the lion with his trunk, whirled him around in the air and threw him far into the water.
As the soggy and bedraggled beast struggled to shore he said, “Just because you don't know the answer is no reason to get upset.”
Like the skipper, the lion had trouble hearing what he didn't want to hear. He was king of the jungle no matter what anyone else might think.
Have you noticed - for some people, it's all about them; for others, it's all about you? Author and speaker Leil Lowndes puts it this way: “There are two kinds of people in this life. Those who walk into a room and say, 'Well, here I am.' And those who walk in and say, 'Ah, there you are.'” I know which I am happiest to see.
I've learned how important it is to try to make others feel important. Do you know that it is easy to talk to practically anybody? If you want to find a subject of interest, ask them about themselves. That way you will always have plenty to talk about.
It's important to make them feel important. If you want friends, show an interest in people around you. No one is without a friend who knows how to be a friend.
And if you want to take it to the next level, treat each person you are with as if they are the most significant person in your life at that moment. That is making the shift from “Here I am” to “There you are.” It is not always an easy shift to make. It may mean changing a fundamental outlook or attitude. But when one can make that change, everything else changes, too - for the better.
William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army in 1865, understood this principle. A story is told that, one Christmas season, he tried to think of a way to encourage all of his officers. The Salvation Army had seen rapid growth by this time they were spread throughout several countries. He decided to send each one a telegram. The cable consisted of a one-word message: OTHERS. His organization grew around that motto.
I can hardly think of a better motto for a life. A life dedicated to “others” is one that shouts THERE YOU ARE. It is a life that is full and happy and, best of all, worthwhile.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 2:13-15 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”
Colossians 3:16-17 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.”
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Psalm 103:10-12 “He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.”
Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: MY VERY BEST GIFT
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry