Being remembered for doing good is what every person alive should be striving for. When we are going above and beyond of what is expected of us, we are leaving a lasting legacy that will forever live in the hearts and minds of those whom we crossed paths with. Our kind words, acts and deeds may have taken some time from our life, but the investment that was made into the lives of others will continue to bring fruit long after we are gone from them. That is why I believe the Lord Jesus says to love our neighbor as we love ourselves because He knows that love is our greatest investment. We can't lose when we love. We become better when we love. We rise higher when we love. The kindness that we bestow upon others in love isn't left from us after we give it, but it is multiplied many times over and returned back to our own hearts. (Matthew 22:37-40) (Luke 6:31)
Always remember and keep in mind that you can't out give what you possess. Every blessing will be returned, every kindness will be repaid, every good and kind word will be bestowed upon you again. That is how good God is. He continuously gives to the giver, blesses the blesser, encourages the encourager and lifts up those will help to lift up others. Be encouraged to take on this type of mentality. Take the lead in doing good without seeking anything in return because the Lord Jesus declares in Matthew 6:3-4 “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.” (Luke 6:38) (2 Corinthians 9:7-8)
I encourage you to allow the Lord to repay every kindness that you bestow upon others and live your life in His goodness. You will be proud that you used your life to bring goodness to others, offer mercy to others, to share God's grace with others and to bestow what you have graciously been given to those around you. (Ephesians 6:5-8)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to bring goodness into the lives of those around you.
Thanksgiving Day was near. The first grade teacher gave her class a fun assignment -- to draw a picture of something for which they were thankful.
Most of the class might be considered economically disadvantaged, but still many would celebrate the holiday with turkey and other traditional goodies of the season. These, the teacher thought, would be the subjects of most of her student's art. And they were.
But Douglas made a different kind of picture. Douglas was a different kind of boy. He was the teacher's true child of misery, frail and unhappy. As other children played at recess, Douglas was likely to stand close by her side. One could only guess at the pain Douglas felt behind those sad eyes.
Yes, his picture was different. When asked to draw a picture of something for which he was thankful, he drew a hand. Nothing else. Just an empty hand.
His abstract image captured the imagination of his peers. Whose hand could it be? One child guessed it was the hand of a farmer, because farmers raise turkeys. Another suggested a police officer, because the police protect and care for people. Still others guessed it was the hand of God, for God feeds us. And so the discussion went -- until the teacher almost forgot the young artist himself.
When the children had gone on to other assignments, she paused at Douglas' desk, bent down, and asked him whose hand it was.
The little boy looked away and murmured, “It's yours, teacher.”
She recalled the times she had taken his hand and walked with him here or there, as she had the other students. How often had she said, “Take my hand, Douglas, we'll go outside.” Or, “Let me show you how to hold your pencil.” Or, “Let's do this together.” Douglas was most thankful for his teacher's hand.
Brushing aside a tear, she went on with her work.
The story speaks of more than thankfulness. It says something about teachers teaching and parents parenting and friends showing friendship, and how much it means to the Douglases of the world. They might not always say thanks. But they'll remember the hand that reaches out.
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.”
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.”
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: ENRICHING THOUGHTS
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Today's Selected Testimony: GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE OUR SIDE
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In Christ’s Service,
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