God has instilled in each person a great quality that when used is able to
make this world a better place. If you are feeling as if you have nothing
special to offer, I encourage you to look deep within yourself and
recognize the beautiful qualities that have gone unnoticed. You are special
and are able to do great things for yourself and more importantly for
others. Never allow the enemy to tell you that your life is meaningless.
You and God are a majority and He says you are a mighty warrior through
Christ. I encourage you to stand in your authority and take hold of your
God given gifts and do extraordinary things. (Jeremiah 1:4-5) (Romans 8:31-37)
This is a good story that shows how even though we may have hardships in
life, we can overcome those hardships and do great things thereafter. I
hope this message encourages your heart to continue on even in the midst
of your trials because your latter-end is sure to overshadow every hardship
the enemy brought before you.
Many years ago a girl known as Little Annie lived in a mental institution
outside of Boston. Her room was like a dungeon. It received little light
and even less hope. According to doctors, it was the only place for those
who were hopelessly insane. During Little Annie's time in the dungeon, an
elderly nurse who was nearing retirement believed there was hope -- even
for the "hopeless." She would take her lunch down to the dungeon and eat
outside the cell where Little Annie was kept. She felt that she could,
perhaps, communicate some love and hope to the little girl.
In many ways Little Annie behaved like an animal. On occasion she would
charge at the person sitting outside her cell; other times, she would sit
in the corner ignoring her visitor. One day the elderly nurse brought some
brownies and left them for her. Little Annie gave no hint that she knew or
even cared that they were there, but when the nurse returned the next day,
the brownies were gone. Every Thursday, from that time forward, the elderly
nurse would bring Little Annie brownies.
Before long doctors in the institution noticed that Little Annie was
changing. After a period of time observing her, they decided to "promote"
her to another wing of the institution. Eventually this "hopeless" case
was told that she could return to her home in the "outside" world. Little
Annie refused to go. She wanted to stay and help others who were facing
the kind of adversity she once faced. Many years later, it was Little
Annie who cared for, taught and nurtured Helen Keller.
Little Annie was Anne Sullivan, and Helen Keller, as I'm sure you know,
changed how the world viewed the disabled and challenged. When Helen Keller
was in a soft spot, it was Anne Sullivan who handled her with care. When
Anne Sullivan was in a soft spot, it was an elderly nurse who handled her
with care. The world is a different place today for the physically and
mentally challenged because of an anonymous elderly nurse who handled with
care someone in a soft spot.
I believe every person has the ability to make this world a better place.
If we can think of nothing else, we each have the ability to be nice. I
know that when we show the Love of God towards others, an impact is always
made whether visible or not. In the story that you just read concerning
Anne Sullivan, the act of love was shown when an elderly nurse gave Anne a
brownie. That simple act of love was enough to change Anne Sullivan's life
and in time the life of Helen Keller who went on to touch millions of
people's lives around the world.
Never think that you are not qualified to be an encourager. I believe
there are countless ways that we can show God's love to a hurting and dying
world. If we take a few extra seconds each day to smile and say "Thank
you", "You're doing a great job", "Don't give up", "God Loves You", imagine
the impact your encouragement would give to that person who may have been
down or discouraged. (Matthew 25:35-40) (1 Corinthians 12:14-25)
It doesn't take a lot of time or effort to make a difference in someone
else's life. Just taking an interest and showing that we care is sometimes
enough to pull someone out of their depression pit. I ask you to think
back and remember how you would have liked to be treated when you needed an
extra lift of encouragement. Now just as you would have someone want to do
for you, you do for someone else. There is no greater show of affection
than showing Love to someone who needs it. I encourage you to be God's
hands and feet on this earth and make an impact that will never be erased.
(2 Corinthians 1:3-4) (Matthew 5:43-48) (Matthew 10:8) (Matthew 5:16)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Colossians 3:12-15 "Put on therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved,
bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a
quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above
all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let
the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in
one body; and be ye thankful."
Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus declares, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that
is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it
under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are
in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your
good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
1 John 4:7-11 "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him. 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."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
Today's Selected Poem: THE PROMISE
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Today's Selected Testimony: TRUST IN THE LORD
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony62.htm
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry