When our life is said and done, the main thing we will be remembered for
is how we treated, cared for and loved those around us. I do not believe
we will be remembered for our vast knowledge, our wealth or the many
possessions that we acquired throughout our life, but rather I believe our
legacy will be based upon what we did to care for our fellow man. The Lord
Jesus declares in John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are My
disciples, if ye have love one to another.” No matter our differences, we
are to shine our light towards all people loving them and showing them
Jesus through our actions. Be encouraged to be a faithful friend towards
those in need around you so that they can see that love abounds greatly.
I hope you are inspired by today’s message to do your best to be helping
towards those in need around you and allow the light that is within you to
shine brightly where all can see Whom you belong to.
Brownie and Spotty were neighbor dogs who met every day to play together.
Like pairs of dogs you can find in most any neighborhood, these two loved
each other and played together so often that they had worn a path through
the grass of the field between their respective houses.
One evening, Brownie's family noticed that Brownie hadn't returned home.
They went looking for him with no success. Brownie didn't show up the next
day, and, despite their efforts to find him, by the next week he was still
Curiously, Spotty showed up at Brownie's house alone, barking, whining, and
generally pestering Brownie's human family. Busy with their own lives, they
just ignored the nervous little neighbor dog.
Finally, one morning Spotty refused to take “no” for an answer. Ted,
Brownie's owner, was steadily harassed by the furious, adamant little dog.
Spotty followed Ted about, barking insistently, then darting back and forth
to a nearby empty lot, as if to say, “Follow me! It's urgent!” Eventually,
Ted followed the frantic Spotty across the empty lot, as Spotty paused to
race back and bark encouragingly.
The little dog led the man under a fence, past clumps of trees, to a
desolate spot a half mile from the house.
There Ted found his beloved Brownie alive -- one of his hind legs crushed
in a steel leg-hold trap. Horrified, Ted wished he'd taken Spotty's earlier
Then Ted noticed something quite remarkable...Spotty had done more than
simply lead Brownie's human to his trapped friend. In a circle around the
injured dog, Ted found an array of dog food and table scraps, which were
identified as the remains of every meal Spotty had been fed that week!
Spotty had been visiting Brownie regularly, in a single minded quest to
keep his friend alive by sacrificing his own comfort! Spotty had stayed
with Brownie to protect him from predators, snuggling with him at night to
keep him warm and nuzzling him to keep his spirits up.
Brownie's leg was treated by a veterinarian and he recovered. For many
years thereafter, the two families watched the faithful friends frolicking
and chasing each other down that well-worn path between their houses.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him. 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.”
Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus declares, “Ye are the light of the world. A city
that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and
put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all
that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Ephesians 4:1-6 “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that
ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness
and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There
is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your
calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who
is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
1 Peter 3:8-11 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for
evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye
are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will
love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his
lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him
seek peace, and ensue it.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE POWER OF ONE
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Today’s Selected Testimony: KAREN SMITH'S TESTIMONY
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry