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972nd -- A Loving Thought


We should never underestimate the power of our kind words. Whether we 
realize it or not the things we say to others does resonate in their 
hearts and can encourage them to see how valuable they are and how much 
they have to offer. Many times people face difficulties that seem 
overwhelming and they believe the lie that they can't overcome for one 
reason or another. That is all the more reason that we should invest in 
their lives with our positive and affirming words reminding them of their
unique abilities, gifts and talents that no one else possesses. Just as 
we sometimes forget how special we are, we should remember to remind 
others of how special they are. We are to lift one another up in the 
difficult times, bearing one another's burdens and simply be there to show
that we care for their well-being. True love as God wishes for us to have
is to love our neighbor as ourselves without motive, without pretense and
without judgment.

Be encouraged to take the initiative to say a kind word to those around 
you. Notice something that they do well and compliment them on it. Be 
sensitive in your judgment. Don't criticize too harshly. Our words 
penetrate deeply whether in giving compliments or in giving criticism. 
Those in need of our praise may have already suffered greatly by the hands
of others and they don't need our condemnation as well. As Christ's 
ambassadors let us lift up, encourage, strengthen and motivate all those 
whom we are lucky enough to cross paths with. Let us leave a legacy of 
blessing in the lives of others so that their life may reach its full 
potential. We can live on forever in the hearts of those whom we have 
helped to make better. Let us strive to change lives for the better each
day that God has given us on this Earth. That is my prayer.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to bless those 
around you with every opportunity that you have. Change the life of 
someone else by speaking life giving, life affirming words of faith, love
and praise.


George Macdonald wrote that “If instead of a gem or even a flower, we 
should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that
would be giving as the angels give.”

I can remember one of the first loving thoughts that was cast into my own
heart and the angel who placed it there. I was a young boy and my parents,
brothers, and I were spending the afternoon at the home of a family 
friend. This friend was the hymn leader at our church as well as the music
teacher at my grade school. I remember I used to sit and listen to her 
play songs on her guitar for hours at a time.

On this day my dad was outside once again working his mechanic magic for 
her ailing, old car. My mom was setting up a picnic for everyone and my 
brothers were in the yard playing. I was inside talking with our friend 
and listening to her sweet music. I don’t remember exactly what we were 
talking about, but I do remember at one point her saying, “Joe, for someone
so young you already understand a lot about life.”

That loving thought made a home in my heart that day. Before it I never 
cared much about understanding life, but just as a seed grows into a 
flower those kind words by that caring angel awakened a desire in me to 
understand as much as I could about life and living. It helped me start a
journey that is still going on today. That gem of an idea that I could 
really understand what life was all about and that I could live my life as
it was meant to be lived shined in my soul and kept me searching, learning,
and growing.

That loving thought led me through pain, sorrow, and back home to God 
again. It led me to writing, sharing, and who I am today. It led me to the
knowledge that God is love, that life is joy, and that we are all here to
love and help each other. I hope you cast the gift of a few loving thoughts
yourself today then. Why let the angels have all the fun?

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace
unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are
sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and 
anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all 
malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one 
another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”

Galatians 6:2-4 “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of 
Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he
deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall 
he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”

Romans 15:1-4 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the
weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour
for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not Himself; but, as 
it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on Me. For
whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, 
that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus says,
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon
earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither 
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor 
steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: I'M JUST TOO BUSY
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem150.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: THE PINK BIRDS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony155.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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