We are to continually be thankful for the many gifts God has given us. It
is easy for us to forget how blessed we are when we look at what others
have and not focus on the blessings that we possess. A wise man once said
that we should not look at the people who are living better than we are,
but rather we should look at those who are not as fortunate because that is
when we can be truly thankful for everything we have. I encourage you to
remember your many blessings and don't allow yourself to take for granted
the great gifts God has given you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18) (Psalm 118:24)
I hope you are blessed and inspired by this message that shows how we are
not only to be thankful for what we have, but also we are to be helpful
when the opportunity arises.
A recent Friday night found my husband, Jeff, our two daughters and me at
one of our favorite places to go out for dinner, Jason's Deli. It was not
long after we had placed our orders and sat down when a man with long hair
and a scraggly mustache slumped into a booth near ours. From the look of
his bulging overcoat, everything he owned was stuffed into the pockets. My
daughters tried not to stare as he munched noisily on the complimentary
crackers. I leaned over and whispered to Jeff, "Do you think they'll ask
him to leave?"
Just then one of the diners got up from the table where he was having
dinner with his family. He walked over to the man and spoke to him, then
went to have a chat with a waitress. Minutes later, a huge deli sandwich,
surrounded by a mountain of potato chips and pickles, and a mug of fresh
coffee arrived at the man's table. He flashed a smile to his benefactor
and dug in.
An hour-long sermon on the theme of kindness could not have been more
eloquent than this simple gesture. That night Jeff, my daughters and I left
the restaurant filled with good food and renewed spirits - and a strong
determination to pass on that kind of generosity whenever we too were able.
By Patricia Butler Dyson
I truly believe there is no greater satisfaction to the human spirit than
to be a blessing when the opportunity arises. As the Body of Christ here
on this earth, we are to recognize that we are an extension of God's hands
and feet and we are to show the Love of God to a hurting and dying world.
The hour is too late for Bible believing Christians to be lackadaisical in
their witnessing of the Lord's goodness and mercy. We are to continually
renew our mind with the Word of God and never forget that we are on this
earth to live a pleasing life before the Lord and be an example of His
Love every chance we get. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13) (Ephesians 4:30-32)
I pray that you are encouraged and inspired to take your stance as a child
of God and try to make a difference in this world full of hurting people
who are seeking for true peace and joy. We know of One who freely offers
Peace Everlasting and Joy's unspeakable. Let us stay determined and
unwavered in showing His Love to every person as long as we are able until
the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Timothy 4:12) (1 Peter 3:8-12)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 100:3-5 "Know ye that the LORD He is God: it is He that hath made us,
and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be
thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is
everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations."
Luke 6:21-23 Jesus declares, "Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall
be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are
ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their
company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the
Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold,
your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers
unto the prophets."
Matthew 19:29-30 Jesus declares, "And every one that hath forsaken houses,
or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or
lands, for My name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit
everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last
shall be first."
1 Corinthians 3:8-9 "Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and
every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we
are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: STAND UP AND WITNESS
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Today's Selected Testimony: CARRIE'S TESTIMONY
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry