We should always be quick to lend a helping hand not because we want
something in return, but because we want others to see that goodness still
exists. So many people today are only interested in themselves and want
only for their own benefit, but we as believers in the Lord are called to
shine our light as a beacon of hope letting all know that we are an
extension of God's goodness to all mankind. The simple acts of love that
we do shows others that they too can make an impact upon their fellow man
just as easily. All that's required is an obedient heart and a willing
spirit. When we use what we have to bless others, God will multiply the
blessing for both the recipient and the giver. (Luke 6:35) (Isaiah 1:18-20)
Every act that is done in the Lord's name is recorded in the books of
heaven and Jesus said we will receive a just reward for acting in His
stead. Be encouraged to take the initiative to be a blessing. When an
opportunity presents itself, make yourself available to be the one in
which God works through to make a bad situation a little better. By being
someone's “Angel”, we help to make this dark world just a little bit brighter.
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to always be helping
when someone around you is in need. We must remember that it is in
blessing others that we become blessed and it is in giving to others that
we receive from the Lord.
KINDNESS IS CONTAGIOUS
My 9-year-old daughter and I were flying from our home in Charlotte, North
Carolina, to spend a week with my husband in Miami, Florida. Mike had been
in Florida for five months working for an Internet start-up company. We
were excited about the trip because we had seen him only five times in five
months, and Kallie missed her dad terribly.
As usual on the Charlotte-to-Miami flight, the plane was totally full. I
had noticed a troop of Boy Scouts at the gate and commented to my daughter
that if anything happened, we would be OK with all those Scouts on our
flight! Little did I know....
Because we did not get our boarding passes until we arrived at the gate,
Kallie and I could not get seats together and were separated by the aisle.
That wasn't such a big deal, except that Kallie was nervous about the trip
and had counted on my reading to her the whole way. Trying to read across
the aisle would be a challenge.
When the two passengers who shared my row boarded the plane, I asked if
they would switch places with Kallie and me, so that we could be together
and so that she could sit next to the window. They refused, saying they
thought they should stay in their assigned seats. Meanwhile, a mother and
her three children were in a panic several rows ahead of us. There had been
a mistake in their boarding passes, the whole family had been split up.
The passengers in her row also refused to move elsewhere. The mother could
hold her baby, but her 6-year-old son and his older brother had been
scattered around the plane. She was very concerned about the younger boy
sitting with strangers. She was in tears, yet nobody offered to help her.
Suddenly the Scout leader stood up and said, “Ma'am, I think we can help
you.” He then spent five minutes rearranging his group so that adequate
space was available for the family. The boys followed his directions
cheerfully and without complaint, and the mother's relief was obvious.
Kallie, however, was beginning to panic at the thought of not being next
to a window or her mother. I told her that there wasn't anything I could
do; we would have to sit where we were. Amazingly, the man sitting next to
the Scoutmaster (not a Scout himself), turned around to me and asked,
“Would you and your daughter like our seats?” referring to himself and the
Scoutmaster. He said he was cramped in the window seat and would really
prefer the aisle. We traded seats and continued our trip, very much
relieved to be together and watch the scenery from Kallie's window seat.
Would that man have offered us his seat if the Scouts hadn't done so for
the mom and her children? I don't know. But I do know that kindness is
contagious, and good deeds beget good deeds!
By Phyllis Yearick
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 1:22-25 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is
like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth
himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man
he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth
therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man
shall be blessed in his deed.”
Matthew 19:29-30 Jesus declares, “And every one that hath forsaken houses,
or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or
lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit
everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall
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.”
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: BRIGHTEN YOUR CORNER
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Today’s Selected Testimony: ALBERT ODUYEMI’S TESTIMONY
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry