We should always be quick to show our appreciation towards our friends and
loved ones and let them know how thankful we are that they are in our
lives. We shouldn't take for granted the special relationships we have
with those closest to us because in a blink of an eye they might be taken
away from us or we from them. Feelings of gratitude, gratefulness,
appreciation and love should not be kept to ourselves, but should be openly
shared towards those who have helped us to become stronger, wiser and
better than we were before they were in our lives. Be encouraged to take a
few minutes from your day to call, e-mail or visit your closest friends and
let them know how much they mean to you. Feelings assumed is not the same
as feelings expressed. Let that one know how great they are because when
you do, you will not only feel better, but they will be lifted up as well.
(Romans 12:10) (Luke 6:31) (1 Thessalonians 5:14-15) (Hebrews 3:13)
I hope this message encourages your heart to think about those who are
closest to you and do all you can to let them know how grateful you are
that they are in your life.
YOUR VALUABLE FRIENDS
I heard a story about an older woman who stood in line at the Post Office.
She struck up a conversation with a young man next to her. He noticed that
she had no packages to mail, and asked why she was standing in line. She
said that she just needed a few stamps.
“Ma'am, you must be tired standing here. Did you know there's a stamp
machine over there in the corner?” He pointed to the machine built into the
“Why yes, thank you,” the lady replied, “but I'll just wait here a little
while longer. I'm getting close to the window.”
The customer became insistent.
“But it would be so much easier for you to avoid this long line and buy
your stamps from the machine.”
The woman patted him on the arm and answered, “Oh, I know. But that old
machine would never ask me how my grandchildren are doing.”
She had a need greater than the need for postage stamps -- a need to feel
connected to other people. And it was a need that could not be met by a
When Harry Truman was thrust into the U.S. presidency at the death of
Franklin Roosevelt, a colleague and friend -- Congressman Sam Rayburn of
Bonham, Texas -- gave Truman some fatherly advice.
Rayburn said, “Harry, from here on out, you're going to have lots of people
around you. They'll try to put a wall around you and cut you off from any
ideas but theirs. They'll tell you what a great man you are, Harry. But you
and I both know you ain't.” Friends can say those things to each other.
Later, when Sam Rayburn discovered that he was seriously ill, he told his
friends in Congress that he was going home to Bonham for medical tests.
“But there are excellent doctors and medical facilities in Washington D.C.”
some of them argued. “Why would you want to go to Bonham?”
“Because,” the congressman replied, “Bonham is a place where people know it
when you're sick, and where they care when you die.”
Rayburn had a need greater than good medical assistance. He needed friends.
Someone to ask how his grandchildren were doing. Someone to sit by him and
stop by his home. Someone to care. A few close friends meant more than the
best medical facilities in the world.
Who is such a friend to you? That person is more valuable than your
Have you said...thanks?
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
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
Philippians 2:3-7 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not
every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the
form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made Himself
of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in
the likeness of men.”
Galatians 6:2-4 “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of
Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he
deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he
have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
Hebrews 13:1-2 “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain
strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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