The Lord has created each of us with different dreams and desires that are
meant to come to pass. God in His infinite wisdom has uniquely created
mankind giving all different abilities and gifts that are meant to be used
to fulfil God's plan for their life. We must remember this when looking at
how others are living their life. We shouldn't be envious of what they've
been given or look down upon them because we think they are insufficient.
The Bible declares in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think
toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you
an expected end.” We are to treat all people with love and respect and be
encouraging letting them know that we love them and that God has great
plans for their life. (Isaiah 43:19-20) (Psalm 40:1-5) (Luke 6:27-38)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to never be judgmental towards
others, but rather allow God's love to permeate from within your being
where others will be positively influenced.
THE GOOD LIFE
It's All In How You Look At It.
For years they exchanged common pleasantries as they passed each other by.
The frazzled looking mother of eight sat on her front porch, keeping a
watchful eye on the youngest of her growing brood.
The career woman was usually pressed for time, rushing by on her way to
catch a train that would take her to her 9 to 5 job in the business world.
The two women barely shared more than a smile and a quick hello, but each
had specific thoughts on each other's lifestyle.
The childless career woman felt a little sorry for her neighbor. “What a
handful, for a mother to have more children than there is time to take care
of them,” thought the world wise woman. “No time for anything but cooking,
cleaning and raising a family - with nothing to show for it but paychecks
that never stretch far enough, tuition bills that have no end in sight, and
a distressed house decorated in greasy handprints smudged on walls. And,
let's not forget the washers and dryers whose cycles run 24/7! Where is the
joy in several hungry mouths to feed, while trying to keep up with several
different personalities in need?”
To Ms. Professional, this mom was a living example of the old woman who
lived in a shoe; which made her all the more thankful she had her self-
imposed life of luxury. With freedom to spend her time the way she wanted,
with no dependents to tie her down, her neat and tidy home stayed just
that--neat and tidy.
Dinners in front of the TV or at her favorite restaurant were just what
her pampered lifestyle offered. Her phone calls never had to be cut short
because a hormonal teen-ager suddenly had to make a crisis call to her
girlfriend who lived right across the street. She'd wave a quick hello to
the ever expectant mother and knew he had chosen the perfect life.
Now, Mrs. Mom had her own thoughts. She'd watch as Ms. 9 to 5 hurried on
her way, and she, too, felt a pang of pity. “How lonely it must be, she
thought, to have no ties to the heart strings of little ones. How deafening
the silence must be without the noise of little voices to keep the music of
life flowing along.”
“With no babies to snuggle close to your heart, with no children to cuddle
and save from monsters under the bed, with no chocolate kisses from
toddlers who squeeze your neck tight and proudly proclaim: 'I love you
THIS much!!' while stretching out two stubby little hands filled with
dandelions--with no teen-agers to bring you to the brink of insanity, only
to renew your faith in family as you help them overcome an obstacle and
they say: 'Thanks mom, I'm glad I listened.'”
A mother looks back at all these treasured memories and wonders how life
could ever be fulfilling without them. Mother Hen watches as the diva of
downtown employment is out of sight. She hopes that one day the solitary
lady will find more than business suits, a quiet house and a round trip
train ticket to fill the void of an empty life.
Years passed by, the mother's children grew up and the working woman
retired. The two bumped into each other one day by chance. They began a
conversation that would end up surprising both of them.
The woman, who long ago chose a career over children, admitted to the now-
gray-haired grandma that she always took pity on her, what with all those
kids to care for, it sure had to be a chaotic life.
The grandmother of 22 gave the woman a sly smile, and with a twinkle in her
eye, replied, “Why, what a strange coincidence, for it was I who always
felt sorry for you.”
The moral of this story? The path to greener pastures can often be found in
your own backyard when you live your life on your own terms and treasure
the benefits of your heart's desires.
By Kathy Whirity
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of
the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law
doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the
rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf
also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be
not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee
whithersoever thou goest.”
Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that
weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but
condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of
all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with
2 Timothy 2:22-24 “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness,
faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender
strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto
all men, apt to teach, patient.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: JUDGE GENTLY
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Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE OUR SIDE
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry