There is no greater feeling in life than for one to be able to make a
positive and effective difference in someone else's life. The Lord, who
has saved us from our sins and delivered us from our past darkness into His
marvelous light, has given us the commission to be His hands and feet to a
hurting and dying world. We each have the ability to be encourager's to
those who are discouraged and uplifting towards those who are feeling low
and uninspired. Doing things such as bringing someone a meal, saying a
kind word about someone's character or integrity or simply letting someone
know how great they truly are can mean a world of difference to their
spirit which was otherwise feeling defeated. (Galatians 6:1-4) (James 1:22-25)
I hope you are inspired and challenged by today's message to make an extra
effort to be a blessing to someone in need. Do all you can to make a bad
situation a little better and allow the Lord to do the rest. Always
remember that He uses us as a vessel in which to work through to minister
to His saints.
IT WAS IN THE CARDS!
I shouldn't admit this. I guess it would be foolish of me, but I'm not
crazy about greeting cards.
“You write and sell greeting cards, Bob!”
You are right. I guess it's just that I personally always have a hard time
finding just the right card for the right person, at the right time.
Like mushy cards about going fishing and an “always understanding father.”
They didn't create one for my Dad. Oh, he had his moments, but I always
tended to buy “Thanks for all you have done for me” generic cards.
My wife loves greeting cards. She even has a membership card to the big
card shop chain.
But, yesterday I saw them in a different light.
Through the eyes of a child.
I needed a card for a friend. I had already been standing in the card
aisle for at least twenty minutes, when I noticed the young girl.
“Okay, I need one for Granny and one for my best friend, Jackie. Oh, and
one for Mommy and Daddy...”
Just then a woman walked around the corner.
“How are you doing this time?” she asked.
“Oh, Mommy I think I'm finding the best one's here.”
Looking up, the woman caught me listening in on their conversation.
“She loves buying cards,” she said.
“I don't. I always find it a difficult task,” I replied.
“Why?” the little girl asked me.
“It's the words. They don't always fit the person I need to buy a card for.”
“Oh, that's the problem,” she said.
“I don't read the cards.”
“Well, how do you know it's the right one?”
Placing her finger on her chin, looking much like the famous statue, “The
Thinker,” the young child said, “It looks like them.”
Her mother then explained that her daughter doesn't buy cards for what they
say. She buys them for how they look.
“When Granny is sad, I buy her a card that looks happy. My best friend is
sick. I found a sunshine card for her,” the child said.
“If I describe my friend, could you pick out a card for her?”
“Yes, of course. It would be better if I could see her, but tell me what
she looks like.”
I went on to describe her.
“I'll be right back,” she said.
Heading off to the other side of the card rack, she suddenly re-appeared
smiling with pride for her selection.
“Here, this is your friend,” she said.
The front of the card had puppies all over it. Inside it said, “From the
dog. Happy Birthday! I hope you get good treats!”
“That's just perfect!” I said.
In reality, my friend just lost her job and has been pretty upset about it.
I couldn't find the right words. But that was the problem. I needed to
find the right picture.
“Thank you for helping me. She loves puppies. By the way. What card did
you pick out for your Granny?” I asked.
She handed me the card she had chosen. On the front was a picture of a
beautiful baby all wrapped up in blankets. Inside it said,
“Congratulations! We celebrate the birth of your child and all the joy
that will fill your life.”
I looked at her mother, she shrugged her shoulders and said, “Granny will
“I bet she will be,” I said smiling.
“The baby looks like me. Granny says I make her happy.”
“Well, I'm glad I met you today, young lady, you made me happy, too,” I said.
These are the moments I live for. Chance meetings at just the right time?
No, I think not. This one was meant to be. I guess you could say, “It was
in the cards.”
By Bob Perks
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him. 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.”
Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus declares, “Ye are the light of the world. A city
that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and
put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all
that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
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: JUDGE GENTLY
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Today’s Selected Testimony: WHEN THE LORD CALLED MY NAME
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry