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1159th -- While It Lasts


While we are alive on this earth we should use every opportunity to shine 
our light on this dark and depressed world. Whether we realize it or not, 
people need to be encouraged and lifted up and shown how special they 
really are. We don't know of the discouragements that others may be going 
through and when we take the time to say a kind word, do a kind deed, help 
make a bad situation just a little bit better, we will be helping to 
improve that one's outlook and we are showing them by our good works that 
they are loved, cared about and highly regarded. Philippians 2:3-4 
declares “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in 
humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look 
not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

This world teaches us to always look out for number one, i.e. ourselves, 
but the Bible tells us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. The 
Lord Jesus declares “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life 
for one’s friends.” When we esteem others higher than ourselves then our 
love has graduated to where God is well pleased because it was Jesus 
Himself who took off His Heavenly Robe and put on earthly garments to 
become a man just like us to teach us love, to show us love and to give 
His life so that we may live and follow the example that He has set forth 
for us. (John 13:34-35) (John 15:12-13) (John 13:12-18)

Be encouraged to see where you may be used to make a difference in 
someone's life. Don't think you are unable or unequipped to be used to 
change this world. Be sensitive to the still small voice of the Holy 
Spirit and move when you feel led to do so. Your simple act can make a 
difference much bigger than you could ever think or imagine. You simply 
must be willing because God is well able to use you to change this world. 
(1 Kings 19:12) (Isaiah 30:21)

I hope you are encouraged and inspired by this message to see that we are 
all able to make a difference in this world, but we must make ourselves 
available in the first place.


I found myself shoveling snow yet again the other day. It was the wet, 
heavy kind too. As I was cleaning off my driveway I had to stop more often 
than ever before to stretch out my aching back. Later as I laid down on my 
bed to rest it and read I found myself facing another problem. Should I 
leave my glasses on and hold the book at arm’s length or should I put the 
glasses on top of my head and hold the book just a few inches from my face?

These two things made me realize that this 44 year old body of mine is 
starting to wear down a little. They made me more determined than ever, 
though, to make the most of it while it lasts. My brain may be a bit more 
forgetful, but I am going to keep using it to remember just how much God 
loves me and to think of all the good I can do for others today. My eyes 
may be weaker, but I am going to use them to take in all the beauty of 
this world and welcome it into my soul. My ears may not be as acute, but I 
can still listen to the birds sing, the laughter of children, and the 
glorious music that uplifts my spirit and warms my heart.

My nose may no longer be as sensitive, but I can still smell the flowers 
in the Spring and the homemade spaghetti sauce simmering on the stove. My 
teeth may be a bit worn, but they can still share smiles with friends and 
strangers alike. My lips are a little thinner now, but they can still say 
kind words and share loving thoughts. My arms aren’t as strong as they once
were, but they can still lend others a helping hand and share a caring 
hug. My aging fingers too will keep writing these words of love that God 
blesses me with and my tired legs will keep carrying me where I need to go,
to do what I need to do, to help make this world a better place.

God gives us these bodies for a limited time. While yours lasts then use 
it well to do all the good you can, share all the love you can, and bring 
all the Heaven you can down here to Earth.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

1 John 3:17-18 “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother 
have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth 
the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, 
neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

Colossians 3:23-25 “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. But he that doeth wrong 
shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of 

Luke 6:35-36 Jesus declares
“But love ye your enemies, and do good, and 
lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye 
shall be the children of the Highest: for He is kind unto the unthankful 
and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”

2 Timothy 4:6-8 “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my 
departure is at hand. 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: REACHING OUT
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem153.htm 

Today’s Selected Testimony: WHEN OUR BOAT SANK
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony66.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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