I have started many of our messages stating that I hope you are doing well
and are in the best of health. I do that because our health is the greatest
asset that we can possess. It is our greatest gift and yet does not cost
us anything. There are many moments in life when we forget the simple and
less obvious blessings that we possess and tend to focus more on the things
that we do not have. It is important that we remember that without our
simple blessings, all the money in the world and all the possessions that
we wish we'd have would all be meaningless and not have any significance
where our joy is concerned.
I encourage you to thank God for the simple blessings that you don't think
about every day. Thank Him for your feet that you are able to walk. Thank
Him for your hands that you are able to feed and groom yourself. Thank Him
for your eyes that you are able to see. Thank Him for your ears that you
are able to hear. Without these simple blessings that we take for granted,
all the wealth of this world will not have any meaning and will not bring
one ounce of Joy. I encourage you again to remember to be Thankful.
I hope this message ministers to your heart to not focus so much on what
you can do for yourself, but rather focus on what you can do towards
helping those who are not as fortunate as you are.
WHAT DO YOU WANT MOST?
You've heard it said that the best things in life aren't things. This
truth is illustrated well by Andrea Jaeger.
At age 14 Andrea won her first professional tennis tournament. At 18, she
reached the finals of Wimbledon. But at age 19, a shoulder injury brought
her career to an end.
Her body was injured, but not her spirit. Andrea Jaeger no longer serves
up aces on the court, but she is serving society. She began a nonprofit
organization called Kids' Stuff Foundation that brings hope and joy to
children who are suffering from cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.
She runs the organization full time, year-round, unpaid.
"You get very spoiled on the pro tour," she says. "The courtesy cars, the
five-star hotels, all the people clapping because you hit a good shot. It's
easy to forget what's important in life." She goes on to say, "I forget a
lot less lately."
Her life is an example of what can happen when one concentrates on worthy
priorities. She remembers what is important in life. And I'll wager she
is fulfilled and happy because of her decision.
It has been succinctly said that the main cause for failure and unhappiness
is trading what you want most for what you want at the moment. If the best
things in life are not things, what do you want most? Fulfillment? Love?
Joy? Happiness? Meaning? Intimacy? Friendship? Spiritual wholeness?
Success? Health? Hope? Something else?
What if you traded what you want at the moment for what you want most --
if you remember what is important in life and concentrate only on that, the
life you build would be no less than incredible.
By Steve Goodier
Be strong and never allow society to change your morals or make you want to
have the things of the world. I greatly believe in striving to be all God
wants us to be and to receive every blessing that He has for us, but when
our priorities are for self gain and self interest, we are not moving in
the direction that God wishes for us. The Bible declares in Philippians
4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are
honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever
things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any
virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
I encourage you to do that which is right in the eyes of God and strive to
be pleasing to Him because ultimately our reward will come from the Lord.
Don't get caught up in what everyone else has and in what everyone else is
doing. Try to be the best you can be and allow the leading of the Holy
Spirit to be an essential part of your day. You will find greater blessing
in fulfilling God's will for your life then trying to be someone who you're
not. Remember that and know that God has great plans for your life.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
3 John 11 "Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good.
He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God."
Titus 1:15-16 "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are
defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience
is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him,
being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate."
1 Thessalonians 5:14-18 "Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are
unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all
men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that
which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore.
Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of
God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: LITTLE BY LITTLE
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Today's Selected Testimony: THE LIGHTNING STORM
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry