What we do for one another in brotherly love leaves an impression that can
never be forgotten. Many people have heard the expression that it is more
blessed to give than it is to receive, but they have not taken it upon
themselves to be givers and in turn have not received the feeling that
givers receive when they do an unselfish act of love towards someone else.
We should all take it upon ourselves to be givers not because we want
something in return, but because we love God and want to be an example to
others just as the Lord was when He sacrificed Himself for the sins of the
world. Be encouraged to do something good for someone else and you will
quickly find that you who gave received the greater blessing. (Mark 9:41)
I hope today's simple story encourages your heart to be a giver in life and
receive the reward of bringing light and happiness in the lives of others.
NAME IN GOLD
Anne sat at the breakfast table, eating her cornflakes and reading the
print on the cereal box in front of her. “Tastee Cornflakes - Great New
Offer!” the box read. “See back of box for details.”
Anne's older sister, Mary, sat across from her, reading the other side of
the cereal box. “Hey, Anne,” she said, “look at this awesome prize - `your
name in gold'.”
As Mary read on, Anne's interest in the prize grew. “Just send in one
dollar with proof-of-purchase seal from this box and spell out your first
name on the information blank. We will send you a special pin with your
name spelled in gold. (Only one per family, please.)”
Anne grabbed the box and looked on the back, her eyes brightening with
excitement. The name “Jennifer” was spelled out in sparkling gold. “That's
a neat idea,” she said. “A pin with my very own name spelled out in gold.
I'm going to send in for it.”
“Sorry, Anne, I saw it first,” said Mary, “so I get first dibs on it.
Besides, you don't have a dollar to send in, and I do.”
“But I want a pin like that so badly,” said Anne. “Please let me have it!”
“Nope,” said her sister.
“You always get your way - just because you're older than me,” said Anne,
her lower lip trembling as her eyes filled with tears. “Just go ahead and
send in for it. See if I care!” She threw down her spoon and ran from the
Several weeks passed. One day the mailman brought a small package addressed
to Mary. Anne was dying to see the pin, but she wouldn't let Mary know how
eager she was. Mary took the package to her room. Anne casually followed
her in and sat on the bed.
“Well, I guess they sent you your pin. I sure hope you like it,” Anne said
in a mean voice. Mary slowly took the paper off the package. She opened a
little white box and carefully lifted off the top layer of white cotton.
“Oh, it's beautiful!” Mary said. “Just like the cereal box said, `your name
in gold'. Four beautiful letters. Would you like to see it, Anne?”
“No, I don't care about your dumb old pin”
Mary put the white box on the dresser and went downstairs.
Anne was alone in the bedroom. Soon she couldn't wait any longer, so she
walked over to the dresser. As she looked in the small white box, she
gasped. Mixed feelings of love for her sister and shame at herself welled
up within her, and the pin became a sparkling gold blur through her tears.
There on the pin were four beautiful letters - her name in gold: A-N-N-E.
By A. F. Bauman
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
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 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.”
Matthew 16:26-28 Jesus declares “For what is a man profited, if he shall
gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in
exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His
Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his
works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not
taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE TWENTY-THIRD PSALM
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Today’s Selected Testimony: JESUS IS THE FAITHFUL PROVIDER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony96.htm
In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry