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829th -- Thanks For Listening!


We should always make ourselves available and be there for those who need 
a friend. Many times we become so involved with what we are going through 
that we fail to see the needs of those around us. We must remember that 
God has placed us on this earth to do good both for ourselves and for 
others and to lead our life in a manner that is both respectable and 
respectful. We are to be open, helpful, considerate, encouraging and 
simply show our love to all those who are in need of it. The Bible 
declares in James 1:27 “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the 
Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing 
to let the world corrupt you.” We must be faithful in following God's 
command and lead our life in a manner that is obedient to His Word. 

When we take the time and care for others as we would want them to care 
for us in our time of need, we will find what the Bible calls joy that is 
unspeakable. We must remember that it is in giving that we receive and it 
is in blessing others that we become blessed. When the Bible says you will
reap what you sow; it speaks about everything in life. Our words, acts, 
deeds and even thoughts are all seeds that are sown daily and will come 
back to us to either bless our life or curse our life. That is why we 
must be conscious of how we act today because it will all come back to us 
in our tomorrows. Be encouraged to treat others how you would want to be 
treated and allow yourself to be the vessel in which God works through to 
bless those who are not at their best right now. (Galatians 6:7)

I hope this message encourages and challenges your heart to lend a helping 
hand when you see the need and simply be there for that one who needs 
someone to talk to. 


I have learned to expect gifts from God in the form of people. People who 
I meet for a few seconds, a few hours or even for a lifetime.

My wife and I took a short train ride on an old historic train. It was part
of her birthday plans. The one hour included lunch and for me high expectations.

I expected to meet someone new who would be seated at our table. They 
wouldn't know it but God was sending them to me. He always sends me many 
gifts and at least one person.

This would be my gift for today.

Sure enough, we weren't seated two minutes, when I heard, “Would you mind 
if I joined you?”

I replied, “I was expecting you!”

He was in his early sixties and handicapped from a stroke.

He politely introduced himself and for the next 45 minutes...never stopped 
talking and loudly.

If there was a pause in the conversation it was because a guide with the 
train offered a little background on the history of the train.

Otherwise, this gentleman spoke to us about himself.

Some things he had to say were very interesting but most was a rant about 
his experience as a lawyer, types of law and his knowledge of maps.

He never asked either one of us what we did.

So, if I do believe God sent him, what was the message here?

He needed to talk and I needed to be reminded how important it was to 
listen to people if only for a few seconds, a few hours, or for a lifetime.

He apparently never learned that lesson.

I did worry about him the rest of the day. I worried that most people 
would not give him the opportunity.

A few people on the train made derogatory comments to me because they felt 
sorry that we had to listen to him.

Perhaps I was sent to him. Maybe he was praying to God to meet someone who 
would listen. It does work both ways.

It is a fact, God gave us two ears and one mouth, because we need to listen
twice as much as we speak.

Thanks for listening!

By Bob Perks

Read and meditate on these scriptures: 

Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are
spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering 
thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 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.”

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.”

1 John 4:7-11 “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and 
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not
knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God 
toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that
we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that
He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved,
if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”

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: THE POWER OF ONE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem125.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: TAKING A GOOD LOOK
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony189.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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