We should never forget how favored and truly blessed we really are. I
believe that it is in looking at the difficulties of others that we see how
minuscule our troubles are and how much we have to be thankful for. When
we focus on our own issues, it is easy to get down and discouraged and
think the weight of the world is on our shoulders, but if we change our
thinking and look at the greater difficulties of others, we will soon find
that our troubles cannot even compare. Be encouraged to train yourself to
look at the good in your life and make it a habit to be thankful for
everything God has given you. It is in our praise and thankfulness to the
Lord that our own hearts become full with peace and joy and a knowing that
All Will Be Well. (John 13:34-35) (1 John 4:10-13) (Acts 20:35) (James 1:22)
I hope you are encouraged by this message to be thankful for every blessing
that is in your life and to appreciate every gift that you've been given.
MY CUP RUNNETH OVER
Needing to get something laminated I headed down to Staples Office Supply.
Getting out of my truck I saw a Coca Cola stand set up in front of the
store. Written on the side was a hand printed poster which read “Need
donations badly for a heart lung transplant for Mark.”
I smiled at the two women as I passed them by and entered the store.
“Well, hello Roger,” said Celeste, as I held out a 12X14 poster which my
three-year-old Granddaughter had made for Judy and I for Grandparents day.
“Like to get this laminated,” I said, as I laughed and pointed at the
masterpiece our granddaughter Madison had made.
“That’s darling,” she said.
While waiting to get the poster laminated, I stood looking out the window
as people would buy a coke or hot dog and hand the two older women their
money to help Mark.
“Here you go,” she said as she handed me the finished poster.
After paying her, I looked at the poster as I walked out the door and
headed to my truck, my heart filled with joy the entire time. The
temperature must have been 98 degrees and the humidity was somewhere around
As I pulled out of the parking space, I once again looked at the two women
running the small coke stand. I reversed the truck, pulled back into the
space, and turned off the ignition. I got out of the vehicle and walked
over to the stand.
“Can I help you today, sir,” said one of the women.
“Are either one of you the Grandmother of Mark?” I asked.
“Yes, we both are,” she replied.
I stood there wondering what I should order.
I took out my wallet and looked inside. All I had was twelve dollars. I
took out the money.
“What would you like?” she asked again.
“Believe it or not, all I want is an empty cup,” I told her.
Slowly she reached over and handed me a small empty coke cup.
When I held out the twelve dollars she, looking puzzled, reached out and
took the money.
“Happy Grandparents day and tell Mark hello from Roger and Judy and that he
is in our prayers.”
The woman covered her face and turned away.
“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” she said.
“No, thank you for being such wonderful Grandparents to Mark,” I replied.
I turned and headed back to my truck.
Sometimes in our own joy we forget just how lucky we are.
By Roger Dean Kiser
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Hebrews 10:22-24 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies
washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith
without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised;) And let us consider
one another to provoke unto love and to good works.”
Romans 12:9-10 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is
evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another
with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”
2 Corinthians 4:6-10 “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of
darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of
the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure
in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and
not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are
perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down,
but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord
Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.”
Hebrews 13:1-3 “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain
strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them
that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity as
being yourselves also in the body.”
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: POOR YET RICH
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Today’s Selected Testimony: I ALMOST DIED IN SIN
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry