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945th -- Lighted Candles


I am a firm believer in helping others become better. No matter what we 
accomplish in life, it will not leave the same legacy as helping others to
realize and reach their full potential. To be immortal is to leave a 
piece of ourselves in the lives of those around us. We will forever be 
alive because we helped to impact the lives of others to become better 
than they were before. The Bible declares in Galatians 6:9-10 “And let us
not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint 
not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, 
especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” We will receive
a blessing for being a blessing, but more importantly we will be making an
impact that will never be erased or forgotten. Being a giver is a blessing
and a benefit to both the recipient and the one who gave. The recipient is
made better because of the gift and the one who gave receives the same in
return from the Lord for taking the initiative to be a blessing. 

Realize that you have the ability to make an impact that will never be 
erased. You have the gifts to impact someone else and help them to stand
taller, become stronger and better equipped to handle the struggles and 
trials of life. Be encouraged to think on how you can make an impact. 
Use your abilities and talents to better someone else so that they may 
carry on towards others what you started. That is a ripple effect to be 
proud of and the results that will come from it will be far reaching.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to light the fire 
within others so that their life will be very beneficial to themselves as
well as to others around them.


I have a lot of candles in my home. Most of them just sit on the shelves 
gathering dust and waiting for another power outage to take out those 
pesky electric lights. Every now and then, though, I do take the time to 
light up one or two of them. It feels good to sit quietly and watch their
flickering, little fires beat back the darkness around them. It puts me 
back in touch with the candles burning within myself as well. Enlightenment
for me hasn’t come from flicking on a single switch but rather from 
lighting one candle at a time in my heart, mind, and soul. I know that I 
still have a long way to go too, but I am lighting more candles everyday.

Most of the candles burning inside of me, in fact, weren’t even lit by me.
They were lit by other shining souls I met along the journey of my life. 
The brightest flame they lit is the truth that God loves you, me, and 
everyone in this world. With this flame you can light enough candles to 
brighten the whole universe. Some of the other flames they ignited in me 
and that I want to pass on to you are these. Love is stronger than hate. 
Giving brings more joy than receiving. Forgiveness heals our hearts. Love
and joy are both choices we make and gifts we share. Hate comes from 
ignorance, but love brings wisdom. We are all Children of God. And we 
should not only claim our birthright, but live up to it as well.

We are all one family here and we should do our best to help each other’s
candles burn as brightly and beautifully as possible. Take happiness then
in lighting the candles of learning and love inside of yourself. Take joy
when others light them inside you as well. And with love and goodness 
share their light with everyone everywhere. Remember that we all come from
God’s light. Until we return to it we all should do our best to burn 
brightly and cast the darkness out of this world.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

1 John 4:10-12 “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. No man hath seen God at 
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is 
perfected in us.”

Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless
His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who 
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's.”

Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus declares,
“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.”

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.”

2 Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I
have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of 
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that
day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.”

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

Today’s Selected Poem: EVEN IF
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem108.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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