There are many instances throughout our life when
we have an opportunity to
be an angel to someone in need. Doing simple things like speaking a word
of encouragement or lending a helping hand can do so much to lift people up
and reconfirm that goodness in humanity still exists and is abundant. We
must remember that God calls us the children of light which is meant to
brighten and illuminate every dark and dismal area. As God's children who
have been forgiven of their sins and made new in God's sight, we must
extend the same mercy that we've received so that others may benefit and
become better just as we have. (1 Peter 2:9) (Matthew 5:14-16) (Psalm 28:6-8)
I hope today's message ministers to your heart to be that vessel in which
someone may be thankful for your intervention and think of you as their
angel on earth.
MAYBE IT’S YOU
It was one of those cold winter nights in the Haight district of San
Francisco, the kind where the rain hurts, and your breath forms huge
cotton balls that bounce on the pavement.
I was driving an eyesore that could only be referred to as a “car” by
someone who was either a shameless liar or a good friend. Technically, the
vehicle was totaled when I bought it from an unscrupulous neighbor, because
it needed an engine overhaul that would have cost more than the car itself.
I added a quart of oil before every journey. Most of it would leak out
along the way. I tried to imagine I was driving a huge magical snail; that
way I didn't mind the slow speeds and the slime trail it left.
The car's outer paint had transformed into a hideous mixture of rust and
“something brown.” The engine sounded like a lawnmower with tuberculosis.
If anyone ever wondered what the inside of an automobile seat looked like,
my car had the answers. It was a difficult car to drive because you had to
keep your fingers and toes crossed to keep the engine running.
That night I must have uncrossed my fingers to scratch something. The car
died in the middle of a four-lane stretch of Oak Street. I coasted as far
as I could, hoping for a place to turn off, but the street was lined with
parked cars and the nearest intersection was beyond coasting distance.
There I sat, in busy evening traffic, no lights, no locomotion, as tons of
steel and plastic screamed by. In my rearview mirror I saw a pair of
headlights pull up and stop behind me. I knew what was coming. Soon the
horn would start and someone would be cursing at me.
In San Francisco, if you dawdle too long after a light turns green, you get
the horn. If you dare to come to a full stop at a stop sign, you get the
horn from the car behind you. I figured I was begging for trouble.
But I was wrong.
A stranger got out of the car and came to my window. He shouted, “Do you
want a push?”
I was stunned but must have nodded in the affirmative. He waived to his car
and two teens piled out to apply themselves to my bumper. When I was safely
delivered to a side street, they hopped back into their car and rejoined
the sea of anonymous traffic.
I didn't get to thank them.
Over the years I've realized something about the stranger who stopped to
help. I've noticed that every time I'm in trouble, he appears. He never
looks the same. Sometimes he's a woman. His age and ethnicity vary. But
he's always there.
I've started to understand he's the best part of what makes us human
beings. The one true thing in this world is an unasked kindness provided by
a stranger. It's the invisible cord that binds us all together and makes
This year, when you find yourself immersed in the clutter and bustle,
annoyed by the long lines, baffled about how you'll get everything done,
One of the people in that crowd is the stranger. Today, maybe it's you.
By Scott Adams
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.”
Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving
strength of His anointed.”
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.”
Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus says, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor
steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: I'M JUST TOO BUSY
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Today’s Selected Testimony: THE PINK BIRDS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony155.htm
In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry