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743rd -- The Two Pelicans


We should always keep in mind that God has us on this Earth with a special
purpose in mind. Whether it is to help our family, our community or this
world, each of us have a special assignment that we are called to bring to
fulfillment. We are to use the gifts that we have nurtured for the 
betterment of others. We must teach them what we have learned so that 
they can become better in their life. We have all been given different 
gifts that are meant to be used for different purposes. It is for this 
reason that we are commanded to help others reach their potential by 
imparting the wisdom that we've received into their lives. Be encouraged 
and know that you have the ability to impart the lessons that you've 
learned through your life to make someone else's life better than it was 
before. Take the initiative when you see the opportunity to teach, 
encourage, minister to and edify those who will be made better because of 
your positive interaction. (Jeremiah 29:11) (Romans 12:4-10) (Matthew 25:37-40)

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to be a teacher 
towards those who lack understanding and need assistance in finding their
direction in life. The simple things you can do will be far more 
beneficial than you can ever think or imagine.


I watched as two pelicans were gliding just above the water out where the
waves begin to break. There were only two, not the more typical five or 
six. Why only two? I have a theory.

Perhaps there were two because this was a training flight. The lead 
pelican was the older, wiser, more experienced pelican. The second one was
being trained in the fine art of pelicaning. I imagined the instructions 
going something like this: “Okay, Junior, you stick with me and I’ll show
you how to do it,” said the older pelican. In seconds they were airborne.
“First, flap your wings like this. Not so fast. Slower. Smoother. Now, 
stop flapping and glide. Be sure to make it look effortless. That guy on 
the beach is taking notes.”

“Now, here’s how you hover. Good! Now flap! Stop flapping! Flap! Stop 
flapping! Remember, smooth and leisurely. Excellent! Now let’s glide right
down over the water where we can almost touch it, but not quite. Those 
humans go nuts when we do this. They wish they could do it. You’re doing 
great kid, but we’re not finished. This is our big moment. Ready? Stop! 
Drop! Splash! Up! We’re outta here! You’re doing great! Just keep doing 
what I do and you’ll be fine.”

Those two pelicans have gone on down the coast, but I see similar scenes 
every day. There is the mother who sits with her daughter sharing her 
years of experience as a wife, a mother, and a lady. There’s the father 
showing his son how to hold a baseball bat and how to stand at the plate.
An older mechanic patiently explains the strange noise under the hood to 
the new guy. An experienced teacher illustrates her technique of classroom
discipline to the recent graduate. The long-time student of the Word 
explains a text to his disciple. People taking time to share their 
wisdom, explain their success, and reveal their failures. Both benefit 
from the experience. Many others will reap the fruit of their time together.

A little later I saw the two pelicans on their way back down the coastline
(I’m not absolutely sure it was the same two pelicans, but they looked 
like them.) This time they have switched places. I heard the older one 
say, “Okay, son. Your turn to lead. Take off!”

Look around you. Do you see any young pelicans wanting to learn to fly? 
There may be someone who needs the wisdom and experience you have. The new
guy on the job, the new couple at church, that young mother who seems to 
have her hands full, or the young man who has just begun his walk with the
Lord. You have the knowledge, you have the wisdom, and you have the gift 
they need. Don’t waste the opportunity! Take time and teach someone to fly!

By Tom Norvell

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

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.”

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.”

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.”

Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering 
thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 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.”

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: GOD NEVER GIVES UP
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony114.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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