Do you know that the good deeds that we do, the kind words that we share, the blessings that we impart into the lives of others don’t end with us? The blessings that we impart live on far longer than we can think or imagine because the recipient received the gift that they needed in that moment of time and their appreciation of it will keep us in their remembrance proving that our time in giving was well spent. So many times people think they can’t make a difference in this world and so they don’t even try to be charitable, to spread joy and gladness and to simply be a positive example that others would want to emulate in their own life. What I have found to be true is that every good work will be received in the spirit that it was given. As long as our motives are true and we seek to see others become better, then every seed that we sow will take root and in time produce a wonderful harvest. The Bible admonishes us to be a blessing whenever we have the opportunity as we read in Ephesians 6:10 “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Matthew 25:34-45) (John 13:12-17)
No matter what you may be going through and no matter how full your plate may seem to you, I want you to know that you have great power to change this world for the better. It happens when you touch one soul letting them know how special they are, how important they are and how their life is meant to make a difference in this world. When we take the initiative to lend a helping hand, to unburden a weary soul and to simply share joy into the lives of those who are lacking it, we will be imparting blessings that we will never wholly realize. God will work through us to encourage, affirm, inspire and lift up those who have no strength, no power and no motivation to stand up, but because God is faithful they will and they will see that their life is significant and meant to make a difference for their own life and for this world. (Galatians 6:2-9) (Isaiah 40:28-31)
May we all realize the power that God has entrusted us with so that we may see our heavy responsibility in fulfilling our life’s purpose by helping another to stand taller, to rise higher and to reach their fullest potential. Think of your own life and the many times that you were helped at exactly the right moment and how thankful you were for the intervention that you received. Now let us remember our appreciation and apply that same goodness that we received towards another soul who is in need. At the end of our life we will be proud that we took the time, that we took an interest and that we made the valuable investment of sowing goodness, encouragement, affirmation, inspiration and most importantly sowing love knowing that the harvest that will come back will be greater than our greatest imaginations. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8) (Matthew 25:23)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to always be one who speaks blessings and not cursings, affirmation and not condemnation and always shine love and not hate so that your seeds may return back to you a bountiful harvest of joy.
A STORY OF TWO BOYS
It has been said that a simple smile can change a person’s life. It has been said that a single kind word can spread throughout the whole world and change history. I was thinking of these sayings recently when I remembered a story I had once heard about two boys.
Both of these boys were born in the late eighteen hundreds. The first boy was the son of a poor cobbler and had contracted smallpox as a child. This left his face scarred and caused him to face teasing from the other boys. He sought solace by dreaming of a career in the church. His first job was as an altar boy, but he was sharply criticized by the priest when he made a mistake during a service. This boy later abandoned the seminary as a young adult. The second boy was sickly as a child too contracting tuberculosis as a baby. He also felt drawn to a career in the church. He too had his first experience in church as an altar boy. And he as well made several mistakes once during a service. The difference was he was forgiven and encouraged to keep trying by the kindhearted priest there.
The first of these boys grew up to become Joseph Stalin, the dictator of the Soviet Union, who slaughtered untold millions of his own people to maintain his power and control over his country. The second boy grew up to become Bishop Fulton J. Sheen who touched millions of lives and brought joy to millions of hearts by sharing God’s message through his television show “Life is Worth Living” in the nineteen fifties.
This story reminded me of how much power God gives us to change lives in this world. Every smile we share is important. Every kind word we speak is essential. Every loving act we do can encircle this entire world. May we always use this power wisely. May we always give every little boy or girl the same love our Heavenly Father gives us.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.”
Romans 12:18-21 “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth...”
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.”
Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
John 13:34-35 Jesus says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: THE RIGHT WORDS
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry