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896th -- Our Own Sauce


We should always remember that we are special and unique and we each have
gifts and talents that differ from anyone else around us. We are created
as unique human beings who are meant to make an impact on this world. 
Many times we start off believing in ourselves and knowing that we can 
accomplish great things, but because of some setbacks or shortfalls we 
begin to doubt ourselves and think that we are nothing special. What we 
must always keep in mind is that setbacks and shortfalls are a normal part
of life so we should learn the lesson, become better and use what we've 
learned to help others not make the same mistakes. A quote I like says “A
fool learns from his mistakes, a wise man learns from the mistakes of 
others.” When we help others not fall down on the same path that we fell,
we are moving their life in a positive direction without having to take the
detour that we did. That is a beautiful thing to do for someone. 

No matter what is in your past, know that you are special enough to begin
again. You can revive that dream that was so vibrant in your heart. You
can reach that goal that you had set your mind to, but have since forgotten
about. A new beginning is always possible with God. As long as we have 
breath, our story isn't finished yet. Believe in yourself again, help 
others believe in themselves because it is in sharing our similar stories
with one another that we can learn and grow and become better than we were

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to always be one 
who is willing to share their life so that someone else's life may be made


I have been trying for the last few weeks to reproduce our family’s 
homemade spaghetti sauce. It hasn’t been easy. My first attempt used far 
too much parsley. My second attempt had way too much sugar. After that I 
put the recipe aside and went over to my Dad’s house for some hands on 
instruction. After watching my Dad put it together, I brought the pot home
to try again. I didn’t slow cook it long enough though, and it came out watery.

I was about to give up after that, but then I remembered something my Dad
had told me. He had said that there were a lot of different ways to make 
the sauce depending on how you wanted it. I remembered too how my Grandma’s
and Dad’s homemade sauce was never exactly the same from one meal to the 
next. Sometimes it was slow cooked with sausages, meatballs, chicken, and
potatoes simmering in it all day long. At other times it was cooked in a 
few hours for a quick spaghetti dinner with a can of tomato paste thrown 
in to thicken it up. No matter how it was cooked, however, it was always 
made with love and it always tasted delicious.

It may take me a while, but I am going to get that sauce just right for me
and my family. It might not be exactly like my Dad’s, but it will be made
with love and it will taste delicious.

Maybe that is what God wants for each of us to do with our own lives as 
well. When it comes to the feast of life we can learn from the greatest 
chefs in the world, but in the end we all have to make our own sauce and 
cook our own meal. We are all different after all. We are all unique. We 
are all special in our own way. We all bring our own one of a kind 
ingredients of experience, wisdom, and goodness to the cooking pot. Let’s
not be afraid then to create a glorious meal all our own to share with the
world. As long as we remember to cook it with love and serve it with joy 
God will make sure that it turns out just right.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Colossians 3:23-24 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord,
and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of
the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”

Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of
love, which ye have shewed toward His Name, in that ye have ministered to
the saints, and do minister.”

Psalm 37:23-27 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He
delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am
old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging 
bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart
from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.”

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: THE RIGHT WORDS
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Today's Selected Testimony: TERRY GABURO'S TESTIMONY
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In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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