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1018th -- What You Can Take With You


There are so many opportunities in life where we can be a blessing to 
someone else in need. These opportunities don't always let us know when 
they're coming; they just present themselves in the moments when we're not
expecting them. It is for this reason that we should always make ourselves
available to be a blessing when we have the chance. However we may be 
used to bless someone else, we should do it. Someone may cross your path
who is discouraged; you should use that opportunity to speak a blessing 
into their life. Let them know how special they are and how much they 
have to offer this world. You can complement the work they've done, the 
accomplishments they've achieved and let them know of the times that they
have blessed you.

Many times people simply need to be reminded that goodness still exists in
this world. There are so many people who are only interested in themselves
and in what they're going through. They don't take the time to see the 
needs of others and that is not how God wishes for us to act. The Bible 
tells us to bear one another's burdens. We are to be our brother's 
keeper. We are to lift them up, encourage them, minister grace to them 
and let them know that we love them and more importantly that God loves 
them. (Galatians 6:2)

The Bible says in 1 John 4:20-21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his
brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath 
seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment 
have we from Him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” The 
Bible also declares in Colossians 3:12-14 “Therefore, as the elect of God,
holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a heart of mercy, kindness,
humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving
one another, if someone happens to have a complaint against anyone else. 
Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive others.”

Be encouraged to take the initiative to be a blessing in every opportunity
that you have. Life is too short to spend it only wanting for our own 
well-being. We can't take the physical possessions with us when we die, 
but the things that we did to help, bless, encourage and lift up others 
will be shared forever in our hearts and in the hearts of those who 
received our kind acts. Think on the brevity of life and remember how 
short it is. We can use our time wisely to leave a mark that will never 
be forgotten or erased. Having that type of impact on humanity is a 
legacy that we can all be proud of.

I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to be a blessing
to someone else when you have the opportunity. The good things that you 
do even when they seem insignificant will impact others in ways you've 
never imagined.


I stopped at a local convenience store the other day to fill up my gas 
tank before heading back home. After pumping the gas I headed in, grabbed
a pack of gum, and got in line to pay. In the front of the line was a 
tired looking woman, holding a toddler in her arms. Behind her and just in
front of me was an older man with white hair and a white shirt. He smiled
kindly at me and patiently waited while the woman struggled to hold her 
child while she counted out change with her free hand. She searched twice
in her pocket book but still didn’t have enough money to pay for the two 
gallons of milk she had brought to the counter. I could see her lips 
tremble and her eyes moisten as she apologized and picked up one of the 
gallons to take back.

It was then that the older man stopped her. With a gentle smile he told 
the cashier that he would pay for the milk. The look of relief on the poor
woman’s face touched my heart. She thanked the older man while he smiled 
again and said not to worry about it. As she exited the store I could see
that her eyes were still moist, but this time the tears were for a 
different reason. As he paid for her milk and his own items the white 
haired angel in disguise smiled at me one last time. Then as he was 
walking out of the store he gave me a wink and said, “You can’t take it 
with you, you know.”

What he said is true. You won’t need any pockets for the clothes you are 
buried in. Every dime you have made in this world has only been a loan for
you to use for a short time. Still, there are a few things that the white
haired gentleman and all of us will be taking with us when we do go to our
final home. Every look of relief that we bring to another will go with us
as will every bit of love we share and kindness we do. Every moment of 
learning and joy will come with us as well. And every smile that we bring
to God’s face will be waiting for us when we get there.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Romans 12:14-17 “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of 
the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to
men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no 
man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”

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.”

Luke 6:30-31 Jesus declares
“Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of 
him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that 
men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth
not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things,
believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity
never faileth...”

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.”

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

Today’s Selected Poem: REACHING OUT
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem153.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: JESUS MY DELIVERER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony136.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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