The main thing this world is lacking is love between fellow human beings.
There are many people in this world who are down and discouraged and need a
helping hand to get back on track with life. We should never become so
involved with what we are doing that we fail to notice those who are
hurting around us. We are to shine our light and allow the love that we
have in our hearts to permeate and positively influence those who are
feeling less than whole. We each have the ability to be encourager’s, so
let us use this gift to make our world a better place one soul at a time.
I hope this message encourages your heart to make yourself available when
the need arises to minister to someone who is feeling down and discouraged.
A NICKEL’S WORTH
What a scared little seven year old boy I was when the orphanage finally
let me out of that dark closet, after two days.
I took my bath, brushed my teeth with soap and dressed myself for school in
the clothes that the matron had laid on my bed. Clothes that were always
too big, or too small for me.
When I reached Spring Park Elementary I just kept walking past the school
building because I was so afraid the other kids in my classroom would make
fun of me because of all the black and blue marks on my legs where I had
been whipped with the polo paddle.
I walked and walked for what seemed to be hours. Finally I came to this
great big wide street which was at the end of Spring Park Road. I had never
seen a street that big before and I had never seen so many cars in all my
life. Across the street was a big brick store and the sign on top said
There was also a sign in the window that read “Everything you'll ever want
It took me almost an hour to get across Atlantic Boulevard, because I was
so scared. But finally I ran across the road as fast as I could and none of
the cars hit me. Then I walked into the large Preston Drug Store and
noticed people sitting at a counter drinking drinks with ice cream in them.
I had never seen anything like that before. I don't think I ever had ice
cream before, but that is not what I was looking for anyway.
The sign said they had everything that you would ever need, in the whole
wide world. I had heard about something very special and I wanted to buy
one if they had it. I looked, and I looked, and I looked but I just could
not find the thing that I had heard about on the television movie. Finally
this old man grabbed me by the arm, and it scared me real bad too.
“What are you doing in here, boy?” he yelled at me.
“I'm looking for something special,” I told him, as I backed against the wall.
“Are you stealing stuff?” he said as he pointed directly at my nose.
“No Sir, Mister,” I said. “I'm not a stealer.”
I was taken into the back office and a policeman came and asked me why I
was not in school. I didn't tell him anything because I was afraid that he
would take me to jail for running away from the orphanage. So I just
started crying really loud. After the policeman left the room this old
lady, about twenty-five years old, came in and sat by me.
“Were you stealing?”, she asked me.
“No ma'am. I was just looking for something special,” I told her.
“And what might that be?” she asked.
“Do you have a 'hug' in this here store?” I asked.
“We always have hugs for kids in this store,” she said as she stood up,
wrapped her arms around me and squeezed real tight. She smiled, walked out
of the small office and when no one came back for a long time I looked out
the office door and saw that the back door of the store was open. I quickly
walked out of the back door and I ran all the way back to school.
When I got back I found out that I was only 20 minutes late. I was the only
kid in my class that day that did not have the five cent milk money for
lunch. But that was OK, because I had laid my nickel on the man's desk at
the Preston Drug Store to pay for the 'hug' that the lady gave me.
It really was the store “that had everything in the world that you would
ever need,” and nobody can ever say that I stole it either.
By Roger Dean Kiser
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 37:7-9 “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not
thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who
bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret
not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but
those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.”
Psalm 34:11-16 “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the
fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days,
that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from
speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto
their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off
the remembrance of them from the earth.”
Psalm 37:16-20 “A little that a righteous man hath is better than the
riches of many wicked. For the arms of the wicked shall be broken: but the
LORD upholdeth the righteous. The LORD knoweth the days of the upright:
and their inheritance shall be for ever. They shall not be ashamed in the
evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the
wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of
lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away.”
Psalm 37:3-5 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the
land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and
He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the
LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: YOU ARE IMPORTANT
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Today’s Selected Testimony: LOOKING FOR MY FATHER
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry