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969th -- A Swing And A Hug


We should always be quick to bless others when we have the opportunity. 
I've learned the secret to a blessed life and it has much to do with how 
giving our hearts are. The blessed person is the one who gives without 
motive, loves without pretense, listens without judgment and lifts up those
who are downtrodden. We must remember that blessing others is how we get 
blessed, giving to others is how we gain the most and loving others is what
fills our heart with the most love. It all goes back to sowing and 
reaping. Whatever we put into the ground is what will grow and come back 
to us one day. Whether we are sowing goodness and mercy or hatred and 
strife, we should expect to receive the same in abundance. We shouldn't 
be surprised when bad things return to us when the seeds we planted called 
for that harvest. 

We should always remember the frailty of life and the short time that we've
been given on the Earth to live productively. How do we live productively?
We do that by sowing goodness, mercy, love, encouragement. We bless others
by leaving a situation better than when we found it. Life is too short to 
live it with regrets. That is why we should use our life to make a 
difference that can never be erased. Leaving a mark for good so that our 
legacy will live on long after our time has ended is what each of us should
strive to do. Be encouraged to make your legacy one that will live on 
forever. Let your good works speak on your behalf because in doing so you 
will be exalting the name of the Lord on whose behalf every good work was 
done. Praise God. That is my wish for my life and the lives of those I am 
blessed enough to be in contact with.

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see that your 
good works are never forgotten. They will one day return to bless you and
remind you of the good that you've sown in times past.


It was a warm, sunny, Saturday afternoon some fifteen or sixteen years 
ago. I had volunteered to take my two older kids to the local playground 
while my wife put the youngest down for a nap. As soon as we got there my
daughter headed for the swings and asked for a push. As I was helping my 
daughter to go higher and higher, I noticed another little girl 3 swings 
down trying in vain to get her own swing going. Her elderly grandmother 
was sitting quietly on a nearby bench and smiled at me.

I gave my daughter one last big push and then walked over to the little 
girl and asked if she could use a push too. She smiled and said “Yes!” I 
soon had her feet soaring towards the clouds while she laughed happily. 
For the next two hours I found myself pushing swings and playing tag with
my son, daughter, and the other little girl. By the time we headed home I
was physically exhausted but my spirit was still flying higher than those

Two years later I was exhausted again after a long day’s work. Still, I 
needed to pick up my kids from the local grade school before heading home.
I stood wearily in the parents’ waiting area watching for my children. 
Suddenly, I felt two tiny arms wrap around my stomach. I looked down and 
there was the little girl from the playground smiling up at me. She gave 
me one more big hug before heading off to catch her bus. As I watched her
go I didn’t feel quite so tired anymore and my spirit was once again 
soaring in the Heavens.

In this life every single bit of love we share finds its way back to us 
again. It may travel from heart to heart or it may blossom in the soul 
where it was planted. It may take seconds or it may take years. God’s law
of love, though, is never broken. What we give, we get back. What we sow,
we reap. The love we share, the kindness we give, and the joy we create
will always come back to bless us in this life and even more so in the next.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Romans 12:19-21 “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give 
place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith
the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give 
him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be
not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Matthew 5:43-45 Jesus declares
“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall
love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your 
enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray
for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of
your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the 
good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

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.”

Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of
love, which ye have shewed toward His Name, in that ye have ministered to
the saints, and do minister.”

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

Today’s Selected Poem: THE RIGHT WORDS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem173.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: I'M AN OVERCOMER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony76.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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