We have all struggled with hard times at one time or another in our lives
and one thing is universal in those hardships; we have all learned from and
became stronger because of that trial or tribulation that we went through.
It is important now that we use the negative that once brought us pain and
turn it around for good for the betterment of others. We can use the
hardship that we went through to comfort someone else who may be going
through a similar situation and extend the light that is within us to ease
the hurt and pain of that one going through the hardship. Never think that
you can't use the past to bring comfort to someone else in this present
time because if we allow Him to, God will use our past to benefit others in
ways that we have never imagined or thought possible. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
I hope you are blessed and encouraged by today's message to see that no
matter what you went through in the past; you still have the ability to
use that trial to bring help and blessing to someone in need of it.
Bob Butler lost his legs in a 1965 land mine explosion in Vietnam. He
returned home a war hero. Twenty years later, he proved once again that
heroism comes from the heart.
Butler was working in his garage in a small town in Arizona on a hot summer
day; when he heard a woman's screams coming from a nearby house. He began
rolling his wheelchair toward the house but the dense shrubbery wouldn't
allow him access to the back door. So he got out of his chair and started
to crawl through the dirt and bushes.
"I had to get there", he says. "It didn't matter how much it hurt". When
Butler arrived at the pool there was a three-year-old girl named Stephanie
Hanes lying at the bottom. She had been born without arms and had fallen
in the water and couldn't swim. Her mother stood over her baby screaming
frantically. Butler dove to the bottom of the pool and brought little
Stephanie up to the deck. Her face was blue; she had no pulse and was not
Butler immediately went to work performing CPR to revive her while
Stephanie's mother telephoned the fire department. She was told the
paramedics were already out on a call. Helplessly, she sobbed and hugged
As Butler continued with his CPR, he calmly reassured her. Don't worry, he
said. "I was her arms to get out of the pool. It'll be okay. I am now her
lungs. Together we can make it".
Seconds later the little girl coughed, regained consciousness, and began
to cry. As they hugged and rejoiced together the mother asked Butler how
he knew it would be okay. The truth is, "I didn't know", he told her. "But
when my legs were blown off in the war, I was all alone in a field. No one
was there to help except a little Vietnamese girl. As she struggled to
drag me into her village, she whispered in broken English, 'It okay. You
can live. I be your legs. Together we make it'". Her kind words brought
hope to my soul and I wanted to do the same for Stephanie.
There are simply those times when we cannot stand alone. There are those
times when we need someone to be our legs, our arms, our friend.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Galatians 6:1-4 "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering
thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so
fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when
he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work,
and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another."
1 John 3:16-18 "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down
His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But
whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth
up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed
and in truth."
1 Corinthians 12:26-28 "And whether one member suffer, all the members
suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God hath set
some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers,
after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments,
diversities of tongues."
Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: A FRIEND IS A GIFT
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Today's Selected Testimony: WHO WILL DELIVER ME?
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony112.htm
In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry