It is a great thing to keep love at the center of our being. So many times people are so preoccupied with what they are going through that they fail to see the needs of those around them. When we take our eyes off of what we need and focus on the needs of others, we will be quickly shown that our burden doesn’t come close in comparison to what others are going through. Seeing the needs of others will make us thankful for our light burden and we will seek to be helpful towards our fellow man so that they may see and feel a pure love wishing to see them become better, stand taller and rise higher. Just as God is merciful and gracious towards us, so must we be towards our fellow man. We can’t only desire for our own well-being while turning a blind eye to what others are going through, but when we place ourselves in their shoes we will truly seek to be doers of the Word of God and not hearers only. (Romans 12:3-16) (James 1:21-22)
I know in my own situation being paralyzed for over 20 years it is easy to have a pity party and ask “why me”, but what I have found to be more effective is to see those who are struggling worse than I am so that I may see my blessings with refreshed eyes and do my best to encourage, inspire, challenge and affirm those who are facing even greater struggles in their life. When we accept God’s proclamation to be our brother’s keeper, we will take the initiative to do for others what they can’t presently do for themselves. By our simple intervention we will in essence become visible Angels that others will be thankful for because they will realize that they were thought of, cared about and greatly loved. (1 John 3:14-18) (Colossians 3:8-17)
May we always keep love at the forefront of our being because love covers a multitude of sins, it forgives the unforgivable, it believes the unbelievable and it trusts that once given it will not return back to us void, but it will accomplish its purpose. May we believe this truth for ourselves so that when we see an opportunity to be helpful even in the most simple of ways, we will take the initiative and say to God “Here am I, send me.” If we do this I believe we will leave a legacy that will never be forgotten or erased from the hearts and minds of those whom we were fortunate enough to cross paths with. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) (Isaiah 6:8)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to seek opportunities to be a blessing to your fellow man so that your life can be counted as being used as a visible Angel.
I’LL BE SHOPPING WITH YOU
I heard a story today that found a warm place in my heart. I don’t know if it is true or not, but if it isn’t then it should be. It seems a mother was recently approached by her teenage daughter who asked for a new $160 piece of electronics equipment to replace her old one. Her old one by the way was only a year old and was working fine. The wise mom said she would think about it but first could her daughter help her with some errands that afternoon.
That afternoon the mother and daughter climbed into their car and headed for the local grocery store. Once there the mom went straight to the bulk food section and started loading food in the carts. Soon two shopping carts were overflowing with bags of generic rice, sacks of potatoes, boxes of ramen noodles, cases of canned vegetables, jars of peanut butter and jelly, and loaves upon loaves of bread. Without a word the mom headed straight for the checkout lines, paid for the food, and loaded up the car. The daughter was curious but said nothing.
The mom then drove in silence straight to a local food bank. Without a sound she started to carry in the groceries while her startled daughter helped. Soon both of them were filling up the empty shelves while the workers and needy families looked on. After a few seconds, however, both of them were showered with teary eyes, crushed with hugs, and thanked with more “God bless you’s” than the daughter had ever heard before. As they were driving home the mom finally smiled and handed her daughter the receipt for the groceries. The total was $162 and change. “That is what $160 is really worth”, the mom said. “Now next week we can buy you that gadget you want or we can make another trip to shop for the food bank that helped keep us alive and together when you were just a baby. It’s up to you.”
The daughter smiled and with tears in her eyes said, “I’ll be shopping with you, Mom!”
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Matthew 25:37-40 Jesus declares “Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? When saw we Thee a stranger, and took Thee in? or naked, and clothed Thee? Or when saw we Thee sick, or in prison, and came unto Thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”
Matthew 5:7-9 Jesus declares “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.”
John 13:34-35 Jesus declares “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.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: GOD WON'T ASK
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Today's Selected Testimony: RESCUED FROM DEPRESSION
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry