When our life on Earth is said and done, the only thing that we will have
to show the Lord is what we did as representatives of Christ and how we
cared for our fellow man. We must always keep in mind that there are
others around us who need our help and intervention to become better
equipped to stand up and move forward in a positive direction. Showing
love one to another is a sure way to brighten up our world and being
helpful towards our neighbors will make our community a better place as
well. Be encouraged to take the initiative to be a beacon of hope and
light towards someone in need of your assistance. By being helpful towards
someone in need, you are shining your light before men and glorifying your
Father in Heaven. (John 13:14-17) (Galatians 6:1-4) (Matthew 5:16)
I hope this message ministers to your heart to allow yourself to be a
beacon of light towards someone in need. By taking a few moments to make a
bad situation a little better, you will be making a difference that will
never be forgotten.
NO MORE WITH ME
“I'm sorry. Please forgive me! I don't mean to hold you up,” he said as he
struggled to get off the escalator.
I'll admit to it. There have been times when walking or driving behind an
older person I've gotten impatient and upset. I've huffed and zoomed around
them because I was in a hurry to get nowhere. Perhaps I'm more aware of it
now because I see myself there one day soon. Today I saw myself in this old
man's shoes and it caused me to slow down, stop and ask for his forgiveness.
He was about five or six people ahead of me. I was in a hurry and saw him
as an obstacle. I've seen people get off the end of an escalator and stop
dead in their tracks, gather their things and suddenly there's a pile up of
angry people behind them. You can't stop an escalator full of people behind
you. Like the Energizer bunny, they keep on goin'.
This man was well aware of the challenge. He tried desperately to step
aside. Fumbling with his small packages, struggling to gain his footing,
you could see how troubling this was for him. “I'm sorry. Please forgive
me! I don't mean to hold you up,” he said as he struggled to get off the
I suddenly saw this in a whole new light. It was like I was watching my
future. I felt sorry for him. I felt sick to my stomach because this man
was apologizing to everyone, when we should have been helping him and
calming his fears.
One by one, people zipped around him. I heard a few angry comments
whispered as one lady passed by him.
I saw me.
By the time I got to him he was just about steady on his feet.
“Oh, I'm sorry. I didn't know there was more,” he said.
“No, sir. No more with me,” I said. This really hit me hard. I realized
right then how sad it was that the world was in such a hurry. That, of
course, included me. But...no more with me. Count me out.
This wonderful man paid his dues. For whatever time he had spent on this
earth, he most likely walked many rough roads and too many important miles.
Now he should be apologizing for moving slower?
My heart ached as I looked into his eyes. I wished that I could see what he
had seen all those years. His face weathered from life itself, was creased
and wrinkled. The small soft pockets under his eyes and the gentle lines
that curved up and around them told me he had many happy moments, too.
Those were traces left behind from laughter and a smiling, happy man.
“My friend, can I help you with those things?” I asked.
Hesitant at first, he finally said, “Well, yes, thank you!”
I placed my hand under his left arm and walked with him a safe distance
away from the rush of people.
“So what are you shopping for, sir?”
“Oh, just a little something for my neighbor. She's a young mother raising
kids on her own. She's always so nice to me. I thought a box of candy for
Mother's Day...” he said, stopping suddenly as he searched his inside
pocket of his sport coat.
“Do you need something?” I asked.
“Oh, no. Here, I think I have it right here. I always carry them with me,”
he said. Then pulling out a hand full of papers he shuffled through them
and handed me a business card that read:
“John A. Pomicter Friend to all...enemy to no one! I said a prayer today
and you were the answer. Thank you!”
“That's for you,” he said. “Thanks for stopping to help an old man.”
“My friend, you helped me. I discovered that I was unhappy with the world
and I was part of the problem. Now I'll be part of the solution. No more
“Then this was meant to be,” he said smiling.
“You know God sends me gifts every day and always at least one special
person. You were my gift for today! Let's go get some chocolates, my friend.”
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Philippians 4:8-9 “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.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen
in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
John 13:14-17 Jesus declares “If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed
your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you
an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say
unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither He that is sent
greater than He that sent Him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye
Isaiah 41:10-11 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I
am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will
uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. Behold, all they that
were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be
as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.”
Revelation 22:12-14 Jesus declares “And, behold, I come quickly; and My
reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I Am
Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed
are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of
life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS
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Today’s Selected Testimony: WHEN THE LORD CALLED MY NAME
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry