We should never take life for granted because we never know when this gift
will be taken away. We are to live in the present at all times relishing
the moments that we have with our friends and loved ones. Many times we
fall into the routine of life and we go through our days on “autopilot” not
paying attention to the simple things that in reality bring the most joy.
Spending time with those whom we love is the greatest blessing in life and
paying special attention, giving praise, making memories, and simply
enjoying one another to the best of our ability is sure to fill our lives
with the greatest sense of contentment that can be known to man. Be
encouraged to see that tomorrow is not promised to you, but you do have
today to do all the things that bring meaning to life. (James 4:13-15)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to take the initiative today
to do the things that will bless, encourage and bring joy to those who mean
so much to you.
“That one's for you, Daddy!” yelled Matthew Ryan Emrich, not yet nine,
looking to the sky, as he circled the bases with his fist held high.
Matthew had just hit his first home run as a member of his Little League
team - a grand slam on his “Field of Dreams!”
His father, Mark, had always wanted to be a professional baseball player.
He tried out and survived several “cuts,” but never lived his dream - a
dream instilled and supported by his father, Chet.
Mark continued to play on sandlot teams and taught neighborhood children
how to play. When Matthew was born on July 30, 1985, Mark promised himself
he would share his dream with his son. By the time Matthew was four, he
was hitting a baseball over the neighbor's roof.
Matthew's uniform number -7- was the same as his father's. He was so happy
that his daddy loved to watch him as he enjoyed the family tradition.
After all, the movie “Field of Dreams,” is not just about baseball - it's
about fathers and sons and it's about faith!
Sadly, yet with great faith, Mark bravely faced, but lost, a hard-fought
battle with cancer. He was 33. The Sunday that Mark died, he had entered
the hospital for “observation only.” The doctors had promised that he could
be released to see Matthew's first game on Monday afternoon.
Family and friends knew that Matthew would play the next day, just as his
father would have wished. Little did Matthew know that the promise he had
made to his mother, Sherry, that “My first ball will be hit for my daddy,”
would be heard by a much higher, ever-present power.
The comment that Matthew's achievement, “probably knocked his father off
the cloud from which he was watching,” sums up the victories of this life
for all of us, doesn't it?
By Ronald D. Eberhard
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 2:9-11 “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother,
is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the
light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth
his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not
whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth
not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things,
believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity
1 John 4:7-8 “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.”
Psalm 37:23-27 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging
bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart
from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: WEAVINGS
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Today’s Selected Testimony: FLORENCE'S TESTIMONY
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry