It is important that we always recognize and remember the fragility of this life. No man knows what our tomorrows hold. We can be here one moment and gone the next without any warning or forethought. That is why it is important that we live each day to its fullest potential and not merely exist through our days. When we live intention minded so that we can be purposeful with our actions doing things that have meaning that will add to our life and the lives of those around us that is when we will have realized the secret of life. Loving ourselves enough to better our life will make us want to help others do the same in their life. An example is when one finds something good that blesses their life the first thing they want to do is share it with someone else. That is human nature because we wish to better someone else’s life when ours becomes better and when we implement this truth with God’s truth we come to the Scripture that declares “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Galatians 6:9-10) (Matthew 22:39)
May we always be blessing minded so that when the opportunity comes our way to do good, to be helpful, to be encouraging we would do our absolute best to make someone’s tough situation a little bit easier on them. With our words, our actions, our affirmations we can make this world much better and brighter than it is right now. We can help to do for others as we would want them to do for us in our time of need. It is within our ability to be our brother’s keeper, but we must want to be our brother’s keeper. It has to come from a loving place in our hearts to see another rise higher, stand taller and become better, and believe me when we do take the interest and take the opportunity we will not only be blessing another soul, but our soul becomes blessed many times more. That is how God works. He cannot allow a blessing to be given away without being returned to the blesser many times over. That is what the Lord Jesus declares in Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
(Luke 6:31) (John 15:12-13)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to go out of your way in being an example of love, hope and encouragement so that all those who see your life may more importantly see God’s love that comes from within your being.
WHY DID GOD MAKE DOGS?
Why did God make dogs? I don’t think it was accidental, so why do you suppose hounds are around?
Recently, I watched an elderly woman trying to recover from a stroke. Her brain was damaged, and her arm was weak, so her therapist brought, of all things, a dog to help out. Instead of completing monotonous drills, the elderly patient threw a bright red Frisbee across the room, and the dog bounced over, picked it up, and brought it back, his eyes begging, “Throw it again, please!” And she did, over and over and over, forgetting that she was actually working quite hard.
What possessed God to make dogs anyway? Certainly there are exceptions, and certainly people can breed dogs to bring out the worst in them, but in general, there is nothing more selfless, loving or patient than a dog. Mistreat it and it comes back to you anyway. Ignore it and it never gives up hope that you will be its friend again. Make it wait days to go play, and it will still be ready. It offers you friendship and companionship and in return asks only for food, water and an occasional scratch behind the ears. Why would God bother to make such a creature?
I suppose that if dogs were like people they would eventually give up on us ... but they never do. A dog’s love is almost impossible to destroy, because it’s not a love you earn; it’s simply a love you are given. In other words, dogs love unconditionally.
Unconditional love; unending patience; faithfulness to the very end. Do you suppose, just perhaps, that God made dogs to show us a little something about Himself? Do you think maybe “man's best friend” is really pointing us to the One who is truly our very Best Friend?
You could learn a lot about God from a dog.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2)
By Mark Phillips
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.'”
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.”
Romans 12:3 “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”
John 13:12-15 “So after He had washed their feet, and had taken His garments, and was set down again, He said unto them,
Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: REACHING OUT
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