There are moments in life when people need to be reminded of how special
they are. With the many stresses of daily life, people sometimes forget
their uniqueness and all the good they have to offer. Instead of being
proud of who God made them to be, they become discouraged and start
doubting their existence. It is for this reason that we should always
take the initiative and say a kind word when we have the opportunity. Our
positive words of encouragement and affirmation can do so much to lift up
those who may be feeling down or discouraged. When we acknowledge
someone's accomplishment or praise someone's ability, they are reminded of
their gifts and talents and they receive the confidence that was lacking
before. (Galatians 6:2-3) (Colossians 3:12-15) (1 John 4:20-21)
It may only take a moment to let someone know of their greatness, but that
moment means so much to the recipient. Be encouraged to be one who is
constantly lifting others up and reminding them of their uniqueness and
encouraging them to never give in and never give up. By being a lifter up
of souls, you will be making a difference that can never be measured or erased.
I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to share a kind
word when you see the opportunity. By simply reminding someone of their
gifts and talents, we can help point them in the right and positive direction.
Not long ago I answered a telephone call from an old friend I'd not heard
from for a long time.
“Hi, Steve,” he said. “I just wanted to see how you're getting along.”
For whatever reason, our paths had simply not crossed for months. It was
good to talk with him. I wondered why we hadn't kept in touch better.
Toward the end of the conversation, he said, “If you need me in any way,
I'll be happy to help out.” And he meant it!
That call came at just the right time, as they so often do. I needed those
words of encouragement. I hung up the phone feeling a satisfying lump of
warmth in my chest.
And that day I re-learned something important about life: life is primarily
about people -- not plans and schedules, not to-do lists and a million
tasks left undone -- it's about people.
To love and to know that we are loved is the greatest happiness of
existence. And happiness seems to be something that is in short supply for
too many of us! My friend reminded me that it is never enough just to love;
we must also express it. What good are our affectionate feelings toward
others if we don't find ways to let them know?
George William Childs put it like this: “Do not keep the alabaster box of
your love and friendship sealed up until your friends are dead. Fill their
lives with sweetness. Speak approving, cheering words while their ears can
hear them and while their hearts can be thrilled and made happier. The kind
things you mean to say when they are gone, say before they go.”
Happiness...may be just a phone call away.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that
He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved,
if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”
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.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: HOPE
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Today's Selected Testimony: TESTIMONY OF GOD'S LOVE
Click here to read --- http://www.godswork.org/testimony150.htm
In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry