Whether we realize it or not, we are all connected in this world. The Lord
has created us to be our brother's keeper showing our love, compassion and
care towards those who are hurting around us. I truly believe it touches
the heart of God when we do for others what they can’t do for themselves.
Jesus said that when we give a cup of water to someone in need, it is
equivalent to giving it to Him. Jesus also said that every deed that is
done in His name will receive a just reward. We must remember that God is
gracious and merciful and as His children on the earth, we are to be caring
and compassionate towards those who are in need around us. Be encouraged
to think of how you can be used as God's vessel to bless someone who is in
need of what only you can give. (Matthew 25:34-40) (Mark 9:41)
I hope this message encourages your heart to see that we are all connected
in life and as brothers and sisters of One Creator, let us move forward
with love and compassion sharing with all the love of the Lord Jesus Christ.
PATHS TO PONDER
Can you imagine living in the desert for a whole year, observing the
activity of a mound of busy fire ants? Deborah Gordon of The Santa Fe
Institute did exactly that, and discovered four main groups of workers:
cleaners, haulers, gatherers, and security ants. Each category consisted of
an ever-moving line of ants marching in cadence toward a specific goal.
Cleaners carried debris from inside the nest, to a dumping ground. Hauler
ants circled the top of the mound, clearing clutter from the entrance.
Gatherers marched off on time-consuming missions for food, and security
members fought off threats to the community at large.
How could one person observe so much? Deborah painstakingly painted a tiny
dot of color on the back of each ant, to the tune of over 50,000 dots! The
dots enabled Deborah to chart the course of each line of workers. One of
the most fascinating aspects of her study was watching the ants overcome
obstacles and threats to their orderly world--a stick across the trail,
invading insects, lack of water, and fire.
Haulers immediately stopped to help gatherers; cleaners came to the aid of
the security force. None ran for cover, but scurried to and fro, working to
protect and serve each other. They overcame obstacles by fulfilling their
own tasks, then helping fellow members of the community to excel at their
tasks, too. Complex adaptive behavior. That's what Deborah called the ants'
How adaptive are we when unexpected obstacles or events litter our path?
How do we react when people around us stumble? What have we done this week
to make our community and world a better place? They're questions worth
“Watch the path of your feet, and all your ways will be established.”
By Bonnie Bruno
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.”
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.”
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.”
Colossians 3:23-24 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord,
and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of
the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: HE DIDN'T STOP AT THE CROSS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem146.htm
Today’s Selected Testimony: THE PINK BIRDS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony155.htm
In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry