The time that we've been given on the earth is very short when compared to
the forever of eternity. This reason alone should cause us to reevaluate
how we are spending our time. Are we wasting our precious life accumulating
meaningless possessions that will have no relevance a hundred years from
now or are we using this life to impact society where others will be
positively changed because of what we imparted into their lives? Let us
be world changers and minister God's grace and love upon all those who are
hurting and feel less than they really are. As children of light, we have
been equipped to lift others up and show them how special they are and how
special they can become. (James 4:14) (James 1:22-27) (Luke 15:4-10)
I hope today's message ministers to your heart to look at your life as one
who can impact society for the better lifting others up and showing them
their true potential.
REAL WINNERS LOSE
When I was a child I played the games that children played. Even then it
wasn't so important for me to win. In fact, I got much more enjoyment out
of creating winners by permitting others to win.
Oh, often times I did indeed lose legitimately. There were a few in my
circle of friends I competed with regularly. They seemed to have it all. I
wanted them to lose.
But when they did, I hurt for them still.
So this brings to mind what it takes to be a winner. A friend of mine sent
me an email updating me on a mutual acquaintance I was concerned about.
His message to me included the whole chain of email messages that were
exchanged in the process.
Glancing through them I came across these words:
“Here is one of the finest people that I know and he has made very little
financially, but he is a great success spiritually.”
He was writing about me.
I stopped and re-read that sentence. I struggled with what it said. I
thought about how he saw me. Then I wondered what others thought.
My ex-wife told my son once that “Your father wants to save the world.”
She saw that as a fault. I saw it as a compliment.
During Christmas, it was decided that my side of the family would not
exchange gifts. My niece, Karen said, “Can you imagine what that will do
to Uncle Bob?” She knew how much I love to give. I didn't even know she
recognized that in me.
But at 52 I was not successful financially.
Had I gone too long permitting others to be winners?
Had I played the game so long that I was perpetually second place in all
the important parts of life?
Can you be a winner in life and not have a lot to show for it?
Am I a winner? Are you?
Here is a test for you. Close your eyes for moment. Now take a deep breath
and hold it. Listen to the sounds of the world around you. Did you notice
that life kept on going? You stopped breathing. You were out of the
picture. But the world kept on going, life kept on living. The only
difference was you weren't in it.
It didn't make a difference except for two things.
How many people would miss you and what legacy you left behind.
In time and space there would be a void left in the universe because you
were gone. Your energy, which connected to everything around you, would no
longer be a source for them. That void would be noticed by those whose
lives you touched. Even those you have influenced but never knew it.
The things that remain, your possessions, would be divided and scattered
about eventually having little impact on those who possessed them.
But how they remembered you, the way they saw you, will be passed on from
generation to generation. They will remember how you made them feel because
you became a part of them. In turn they become a part of all they touch.
Winners are eternal in a positive way. Losers, those who care little for
others, negatively impact the cycle of life.
If those words written by my friend were the final words spoken about me, I
finally would have won the most important game. The game of life.
In the words of the Beatles, “And, in the end, the love you take is equal
to the love you make.”
By Bob Perks
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Mark 10:29-31 “And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is
no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother,
or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall
receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters,
and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world
to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last
1 John 4:10-12 “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. No man hath seen God at
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is
perfected in us.”
1 Peter 2:9-10 “...ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the Praises of Him who
hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: Which in time
past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not
obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: WHAT CAN I DO?
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Today’s Selected Testimony: WITH OR WITHOUT GOD
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry