It is easy for any of us to make a difference in this world. So many people today want to make their life significant, but they don’t know what they can do so they quickly become discouraged or lose focus of what they wanted to do and continue on with their life doing very little to make a positive impact upon their fellow man. What we must recognize and remember is that every kind act counts. Every smile given, every hope shared, every kind word said will leave a lasting impact upon the recipient. We may not think so, we may not believe so, but that does not change the fact that it will make a positive impact. It is for this reason that we should seize every opportunity that comes our way to be a blessing. However small our kind act may be we should do it. We shouldn’t think that we have to do something extraordinary in order for our life to be a blessing. It is the simple things that we can do that will add up to be more than extraordinary. It is in taking the initiative to be kind, to be helpful, to be encouraging, to be forgiving, to be affirming, to be loving that we take our life from ordinary to extraordinary. All of these things mentioned take very little effort, but they must come from the heart and they must be done without motive and without pretense in order for our impact to be a lasting one. (Galatians 5:13-14) (John 12:26)
Another great reason for us to want to be a blessing is to see how fortunate we are. When we take the focus off of our own trials and tribulations and focus more on those who are less fortunate than us it is then that we can appreciate the lightness of our burden and do our best to lighten the burden of those who need to see and feel the kindness and love of their fellow man so that they may be encouraged as we have been encouraged by helping them. No one loses anything by giving something away. We gain more when we give. Our hearts get filled with joy, gratitude, thankfulness, appreciation and praise to God for allowing us to be used to be a blessing in His Name for that moment in time. It is our privilege to be used of God. Not too many people realize this fact and it is truly a sad thing because if they knew the blessings that awaited them for surrendering their will and allowing His will to be done, I believe multitudes would be a lot quicker to say “Yes Lord, use me to make a significant impact upon this world.” And that is my prayer for us; that we say Yes to God and we use what we have been given to bless our fellow man, to show them that love abounds and that there is hope no matter how overwhelming their trials and troubles may seem right now. (Galatians 6:2-4) (Hebrews 6:10)
Be encouraged to take the initiative to share a kind word, to do a kind deed, to share the love that is within your heart with those around you. Do what you can to make a bad situation a little bit better and always remember that kindness goes a long way, giving one hope can be life changing and that Love Never Fails. (Luke 6:31)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that you can make a difference in this world one small kindness at a time.
I was sitting in a chair, sipping iced tea out of a thermos, and trying to stay awake. The group of adults around me were trying to do the same. We were all there to renew our first aid cards for our jobs working with the handicapped. The room was an old converted day treatment area and wasn’t meant for so many people. Even with the air conditioning it felt hot and stuffy. All of us there had taken the class many times before and knew the material by heart. Despite the instructor’s best efforts then, it remained a struggle to stay focused.
Suddenly, several screams from the women in the classroom jarred me wide awake. A small field mouse had somehow gotten into the building and was scurrying by their feet. After a few more startled screams the mouse ran behind a bookcase on the far side of the room. Not wanting the little guy to be hurt, I found a clear plastic container on one of the bookshelves. After moving the bookcase aside I dropped the bottom of the container on top of the mouse. Then I slowly slid the lid under it until he couldn’t get loose.
Picking up the container I headed outside and walked over to a patch of woods near the building. I sat the container down and opened it. The mouse looked up at me for a brief second and then made a break for freedom. I smiled as I watched the little guy go. As I headed back to the classroom I looked up to the Heavens and felt my spirit soaring as high as the clouds above.
How many kind acts does it take to uplift your soul: one. How many gentle hugs does it take to help heal someone’s hurting heart: one. How many smiles does it take to brighten another’s day: one. How many gifts of love does it take to make this world a better place: one. How many prayers does it take to get Heaven’s help: one. How many good things do you have to do to make God smile: just one. Begin today then. One kind act starts a lifetime of love.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 Samuel 12:24 “Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things He hath done for you.”
Romans 15:1-4 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not Himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on Me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
Romans 12:10-16 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another...”
1 Thessalonians 5:11-14 “Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: THE POWER OF ONE
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Today’s Selected Testimony: THE PINK BIRDS
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry