In this day that we're living, people need to see more than ever that
goodness still exists in one another. People are so jaded these days
because they have been hurt numerous times by numerous people. Everyone
has their guard up, everyone questions the motives of others and even when
someone takes the initiative to do a kind deed, it is sometimes received
with hesitation. I believe it is because many people don't give with a
pure heart. They give with motives, with intentions behind the gift and
not because it is done in love. What we must realize is that all we have
to offer is love. When we give without motive, without pretense, without
wanting in return, we will be known for our love. We will become in
essence attractive because others will know that our heart is pure and
full of love just as the Lord is towards His creation.
The Lord is our example and just as He loved, forgave, encouraged and
ministered to those in need, so must we follow in His footsteps. When we
act as Christ did, we will be recognized as His disciples, His followers,
His workmen. A legacy that we can be proud of is when others recognize us
by our good works, by our love, by our compassion. That is what I want to
be remembered for and I pray that same motivation will be upon you for the
rest of your life.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see the good
that comes from being an example of love. When we take what we've been
given and use it to help someone else stand up again, we will have known
what true love really means.
RUNNING OUT OF GAS
In the old days she'd be referred to as a “Damsel in Distress.”
I had been out shopping and really took too much time doing it. I was
tired and ready to head home. That is when I saw her.
She was stopped in the left hand turn lane about ready to get onto the
expressway but never made it.
I saw her standing behind her car with the trunk open. I slowed down,
rolled opened my window and said, “Do you need help?”
“Yes, I ran out of gas. I just moved here and I don't even know where a
gas station is,” she replied.
She didn't have a gas can, so I told her I'd run down the road to see if I
could get one from the local station.
They sold a one gallon can, I filled it up and returned.
She couldn't thank me enough and told me she would pay for the can and
gas. Of course, I refused.
The car she was driving was in poor shape and would most likely qualify
for the clunker rebate as a gas guzzler.
She didn't have a cell phone either. I asked if I could call anyone and
she replied, “I have no one to call.”
As I was pouring the gas in, she said, “You know in this day I thought no
one would even stop. I was afraid to leave the car but even more afraid to
That bothered me greatly. It was true and that bothered me even more.
“Well, I couldn't pass by without offering help,” I said. “I've run out of
gas myself a few times.”
She looked nervous and a little uneasy so I thought I'd make her smile.
“You know I'm getting old. Now I'm running out of gas and time. It just
seems to fly by.”
She then said something that I thought was a gem...“My Dad said that old
age is like toilet paper. The closer you get to the end of the roll the
faster it spins.”
I laughed so hard I nearly dropped the container. She tried to start the
car and it worked. I gave her the can and told her to keep the empty one
in her trunk. Then I handed her $20.
“This is for that joke. I'll get more mileage out of that than you will
when you fill your tank. Welcome to Pennsylvania.”
By Bob Perks
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.”
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.”
Philippians 2:5-7 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant,
and was made in the likeness of men.”
Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus says, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor
steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: TEN RULES FOR A HAPPY DAY
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Today’s Selected Testimony: ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry