This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. The
Bible says it well that we are to rejoice in this day that God has made.
There are many people that dread their days and instead of rejoicing that
they are alive, they murmur and complain about what is going wrong in their
life. As believers in the Lord and followers of His command, we are to
shine our light letting others know that they are loved and that life is
precious. Be encouraged to take it upon yourself to minister Joy where
there is mourning and encouragement where there is dismay and heartbreak.
I hope today's message encourages your heart to be the catalyst in which
others are blessed and encouraged and shown that life is truly worth living.
“I'm keeping it a secret,” young Heather said as she knelt beside her bed
saying her prayers. Mom was just outside her door when she over heard the
conversation between her daughter and God.
It had been predicted that this day would be an average Spring day, as far
as the weatherman could see. But his forecast was based on scientific
facts, not the prayers of a little girl. For by the end of this otherwise
normal day, it would be a glorious one.
Mom and Dad were up early as usual, to get ready for work. Like any other
day they fumbled in the morning fog that filled their minds. Like robots
they went about their daily routine.
Reaching in to start the shower, Mom came across a note taped on the wall.
Opening it she read, “You are loved!” printed in mixed colorful crayon.
Dad came walking in just then. “I found this in my sock drawer,” he said.
They exchanged notes.
“Did you plan this with her?” he asked.
“No, I didn't. She obviously did this on her own,” Mom replied.
They both headed to the young child's room and upon entering they found her
standing there, already dressed and ready for school.
This was quite a shock for it usually took a few attempts to get her up
“This is such a wonderful surprise,” Mom said standing there with the two
notes in hand.
“What surprise?” Heather replied.
“The two notes you left for us,” Dad said.
Taking them in hand she said, “I didn't do this.”
“Well, who did?” Mom asked.
“I guess it is a secret,” she replied as she struggled to hold back her
laughter. “Today is Secret Day!”
“What's Secret Day?” Dad asked.
“I can't tell you...” she said.
“It's a secret!” her parents said in unison.
They all continued on their morning rituals. As always, Dad left for work
first for his drive into the city took extra time. Mom stood outside and
waited for the school bus before heading to her office. Kissing her child
goodbye she watched as she boarded the bus. Climbing up the steps, she
turned and said, “Happy Secret Day, Mom!”
Throughout the day both Mom and Dad discovered more hand written notes with
the same message neatly printed in crayon.
“I found one in my sport coat pocket, my briefcase, and I even found one in
my shoe,” Dad said in a mid day phone conversation with Mom.
“Me too!” she said. “There was even one in the refrigerator taped to my lunch.”
As the work day came to an end, Mom anxiously waited for her child to be
dropped off. As the school bus door opened the driver leaned out and said
“Happy Secret Day!” as she waved a small note in the air.
“Honey, the bus driver got one, too?” Mom asked of her child.
“I don't know, it's a secret,” she said.
The young child went to her room to change into her play clothes. Mom
headed to the phone to check for messages.
“Beep” the tape system sounded. “Mrs. Anderson, this is Heather's teacher.
I just wanted to tell you that was a wonderful idea. Your daughter touched
so many lives today, including my own. The Principal, lunch ladies and our
janitor, Mr. Bennett also got one of her notes. “Happy Secret Day!” Beep”
Just then Heather came walking in. “I am so very proud of you. What a
lovely thing you did for everyone,” Mom said.
The young girl paused for a moment and said, “But Mommy, it's supposed to
be a secret.”
“Well, it will be. Just between you and I. But why did you decide to do all
of this?” Mom asked.
“Mommy, yesterday in church, the pastor thanked everyone for the things
they did for him. You know his wife died. He said, I wonder if she knew
how much she was loved?” she said. “Then he talked about all the things
she did to help people, but she did it secretly and would always say it
Mom stooped down and swept Heather off her feet. Hugging her with pride, as
tears of joy washed down her cheeks, Mom said, “You are loved and that's
“Happy Secret Day, Mommy!”
We are all called to love one another, to do things for others and not
boast of them.
I hereby declare tomorrow, “Secret Day” and ask that you find ways to let
others in your life know how much they are loved and appreciated.
By Bob Perks
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 1:22-25 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he
is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth
himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man
he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man
shall be blessed in his deed.”
1 John 3:16-18 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down
His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But
whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth
up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed
and in truth.”
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.”
Revelation 22:12-14 Jesus declares “And, behold, I come quickly; and My
reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed
are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of
life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: GOD QUALIFIES
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Today’s Selected Testimony: SEEING THE LIGHT THROUGH DARKNESS
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry