We should always be quick to be kind and loving towards those around us
because how we treat them will leave a lasting impression upon their lives.
We as children of the Most High God must remember that we are acting in His
stead and our actions reflect directly upon the Lord. We must show
kindness when others are rude, show our love when hatred is thrust upon us
and esteem others higher than we esteem ourselves even when all they show
us is selfishness. The Lord Jesus says the first shall be last and the
last shall be first. The Lord wishes for us all to be clothed with
humility preferring others higher than we prefer ourselves. Be encouraged
to show love, encouragement, blessings, and kindness to everyone. Be an
example of God's love to all who come near to you and show them what true
love and care looks like. (Matthew 19:30) (Philippians 2:3) (Romans 12:9-10)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to remember that how you treat
others will be remembered by them far longer than you may ever think or imagine.
A LASTING IMPRESSION
“Jimmy, look at the impression you left in the sand,” the man said to his son.
“Daddy what's a ‘pression?’” the young child asked.
“That's ‘impression’ Jimmy. The spot where you were lying on the sand sunk
in around your body and when you got up it was there. Your feet do the same
thing, they leave footprints.”
“Oh, but you can't see my face,” Jimmy replied.
“No, because you were lying on your back. It's like the impression you put
in Mr. Johnson's new cement sidewalks.”
“You mean my hand print?”
“Yes, but you also left another kind of impression. An impression on his mind.”
“Mr. Johnson's brain is made of sand?”
His father laughed and then leaned over for one of those ‘parental moments’.
“No, you left an impression on his memory. It's called a bad impression.
When you do something to someone you leave them with a bad memory. Every
time he walks out the door he sees your hand print there in that first
step. I'm sure he remembers you daily.”
“Well, Daddy. I was trying to do something good. I did that so he would
see me waving ‘Hi’ every morning.”
His Dad tried not to laugh. He didn't want Jimmy to think it was okay to do
what he did.
“So my impression will stay here on the beach forever, too?”
“No, it will be gone in the morning.”
“Who's going to take it?”
“Well, God washes the beach every night so the next day we can do it again.
It's like God's big drawing board. He likes to see our artwork.”
Jimmy sat for a minute and then suddenly ran to get his bigger shovel and pail.
“Where are you going?”
“Up here where the water can't take it away,” Jimmy said.
Dad watched from a distance as he saw Jimmy draw a great big circle-like
figure in the sand. Then after a few minutes Jimmy yelled to him.
“Daddy, How do you spell ‘Loves’?”
Finally, out of curiosity, Dad got up and stood nearby. There in the sand
was a huge heart-like circle with these words...“God Lovs Yo”
Not wanting to spoil the moment, Dad didn't bother to correct his spelling.
“That's beautiful, Jimmy!”
“Oh, wait a minute,” Jimmy said.
He rushed over and placed his hand in the lower right corner and pushed down.
“There, I'm waving to God and Mr. Johnson. There's my hand impression, Daddy.”
The two of them stood there for a moment admiring his handiwork.
“Daddy, I wanted everyone to know that God loves them. Do you think God
will leave this one alone?”
“Jimmy, even God needs...’a little hand’...to remind us.”
“I get it Daddy!”
By Bob Perks
We may never know how our kind words affected someone else who was down or
discouraged. It is important that we recognize the power that we have in
giving encouragement and recognition towards those around us. We will be
showing the love and compassion of Christ and whether we realize it or
not, we will be making an impact that can never be forgotten.
I encourage you to be quick in giving words of encouragement and blessing
whenever you have the opportunity to do so. Never think that your simple
words will not be powerful enough to change someone's day or even their
life. God calls us the children of Light and as such we are to brighten
the paths that are before us so that all men may see Who lives within us.
(Matthew 5:16) (1 Thessalonians 5:11-14) (Luke 6:30-36)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:14-18 “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
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 all men.”
1 Peter 3:10-12 “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. For the
eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their
prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.”
Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen
in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: REACHING OUT
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Today’s Selected Testimony: WHAT A MIRACLE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry