It is important that we always keep in mind how we will be remembered when
our time on earth comes to an end. There are many moments in life when we
act selfishly wanting only for our own benefit and not really caring about
those around us. What is amazing to me about life is that we entered this
world with nothing and we will leave this world with nothing. The only
thing we will leave behind is our legacy which translates into what our
life stood for and accomplished while we were alive. If we take a moment
and reevaluate how we are living, all of us can find things that need to
be changed for the better. The good news is that it is never too late for
us to start living the right way so that our impact upon others may be felt
for generations to come and when our time does come to an end, we will be
thought upon with love and praise. (2 Timothy 4:7-8) (Proverbs 20:7)
Be encouraged and know that no matter how long or short our life may be,
it can be used for the betterment of others. We can make a difference
whether it be in word, act or deed. Each of us can make an impact upon
those who are discouraged and hurting to let them know that bright days
are ahead of them if they only don't give up and continue on in faith.
Let that be your new mission and continue to build others up so that they
may also carry the torch that you carry to encourage, lift up and shine
their light to the world. (Matthew 25:45) (Galatians 6:10) (Matthew 5:16)
I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to think about the
brevity of life. How will we be remembered when our time comes to an end?
May each of our lives touch the world and impact society where positive
change is sure to take place.
THE LONGEST LINE
The longest line that I ever stood in wasn’t in a store. It wasn’t to see
a movie or a concert either. It wasn’t even in the Department of Motor
Vehicles. The longest line I ever stood in was at my friend Tim’s wake.
Tim had died a young man and his loss had shocked our small community.
When I arrived at the wake, I was amazed to see the line stretching from
inside the small funeral home to down the street as far as the eye could
see. People had come from hundreds of miles away to be there and to offer
their love to Tim one last time. I saw people there that I hadn’t seen
since high school and others whom I had thought I would never see again.
The line moved slowly forward as we waited and shared our memories of Tim.
We talked about how funny he had always been without ever seeming
mean-spirited once. He loved a good joke and would share them even in a
football huddle during the middle of a game. We talked about how Tim was
always kind and helpful to anyone in need. In his short, but loving life,
his joyful spirit had touched a thousand people in a thousand different
ways. We grieved about how he would never see his kids graduate from
school, but also took comfort in knowing that a part of Tim lived on in
each of them. We laughed, cried, remembered, and thanked God for the time
we had Tim’s good soul with us. When his funeral was held later, no indoor
building could hold it. We had it on the junior high school football field
that was later renamed after him.
In his short time here Tim had made his family, our community, and the
world so much better. His loss left a hole in us all. Still, I think that
we now laugh a little more, love a little deeper, and share joy a bit more
often because of how he touched our hearts. Is there any more fitting
tribute to a life well lived? May all of us live as well and love as much.
May all of us too never wait in line when it comes to sharing God’s love
and making the Earth a little more like Heaven.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God,
which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but
be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is
that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Romans 12:4-7 “For as we have many members in one body, and all members
have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and
every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to
the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according
to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or
he that teacheth, on teaching.”
Philippians 3:13-14 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but
this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching
forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I
have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of
righteousness, which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, shall give me at that
day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: I MET MY MASTER
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Today’s Selected Testimony: MY LIFE CHANGE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry