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941st -- Teachers In Disguise


We should use every opportunity that comes our way to become better than 
we were before. Many times opportunities shine their face upon our life 
giving us the chance to become better, stronger and wiser so that we can 
be better equipped for our tomorrows. Sometimes those opportunities are 
disguised as trials, setbacks, roadblocks and even heartaches. What we 
must do in those circumstances is make ourselves available to learn from 
that situation and allow it to build our character, strengthen our resolve
and equip us to handle even greater challenges that lay ahead. We should 
never look at a negative situation and be quick to murmur and complain 
against it, but rather we should embrace it and allow ourselves to learn 
the lessons from it. 

No matter what you may be going through, allow yourself to learn the 
lesson from that situation. Most times, it can serve to enrich your life
where blessings untold will be manifested because of it. Also, never 
allow yourself to become bitter because of a negative situation, but 
rather use that as motivation to better your life so that in due time you
will be standing on solid ground. We have the choice to bless our life or
curse our life. We could see the glass as half-full or half-empty. We 
can wake up tomorrow and say “Good morning Lord” or “Oh Lord, its morning.”
Our attitude will dictate our life's direction. 

Be encouraged to embrace life. Face each challenge with a quiet confidence
knowing that it serves a greater purpose in enriching your life. Our
greatest blessings are not those that come easily, but those that were
attained through our blood, sweat and tears. Stand strong in the midst of
the difficulty and make your confession clear that nothing will discourage
your heart or make you question God's everlasting love for you. When we 
face life with this attitude, the victory will come to us much more easily
and we will not have fallen for the traps of the enemy to murmur and 
complain because we will have realized that everything that came before 
was meant to bless our life beyond comprehension. 

I hope this message encourages and challenges you to see that our greatest 
blessings sometimes come from the most difficult of situations.


The poet Robert Browning once said, “Take away love and our Earth is a 
tomb.” Thankfully, I have been able to choose love and avoid that tomb so
far in my own life. I have been fortunate too that God has given me so 
many great teachers who have shown me what it really means to love. I 
haven’t always been the greatest student and I know I have a long way to 
go. Still, with their help I keep trying to choose love and learn more 
about love everyday of my life.

One of my greatest teachers is very different from the rest. This teacher
is my youngest son. He has a severe form of Autism that limits his speech
and keeps him trapped in his own world most of the time. Changes in the 
simplest things disturb him. The smallest difficulties frustrate him. His
mood can go from extremely happy to very sad in a heartbeat. Often he 
cries for no reason I can see and all I can do is hold him and wait for it
to stop.

Even with all he has to go through, however, my son has still shown me so
much about love and about joy. He has shown me that love must be 
unconditional, patient, kind, and giving. He has shown me that love means
sometimes just being there for someone even though you can’t solve their 
problems or ease their pain. He has shown me that love is its own reward.

He has also shown me, though, that a child’s laugh can sound as lovely and
joyous as an angel’s song. He has also shown me that the light in a 
person’s eyes can twinkle as beautifully as the stars. He has also shown 
me that a single smile can warm a heart and uplift a soul. He has also 
shown me that a Heavenly spirit can shine through any disability. He has 
also shown me that God sometimes sends us our greatest teachers and angels
in disguise. My son didn’t need words, a PhD, or a brilliant mind to teach
me. All he needed was the loving heart and the joyous soul God gave him. 
May all of you learn as much from your own teachers in disguise.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 92:1-4 “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises 
to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night, On an instrument of ten strings, On the
lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound. For You, Lord, have made me
glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands.”

Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned
in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know
how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full
and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things 
through Christ who strengthens me.”

Hebrews 13:5-6 “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with
such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you
nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: 'The Lord is my helper; I will not
fear. What can man do to me?'”

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever 
things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, 
whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there 
is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things.”

All scriptures can be found in the New King James Version.

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In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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