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990th -- Sunrises And Walking Sticks


There are moments in life when we rush through our days in anticipation of
some event that is yet to take place in our future. We wait for our 
tomorrows with eagerness without appreciating and utilizing this day to its
fullest potential. We sometimes sit by in boredom because we don't realize
how special this day really is. We don't see its beauty, we don't see its
potential, we don't see all that we can do with it. Instead of rejoicing
in this day and enjoying every bit of it, we wait for tomorrow without 
realizing that we may never see it. The Bible tells us in Psalm 118:24 
“This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” 
We are to see the beauty that surrounds us, we are to encourage, inspire,
challenge and lift up all those around us who need to be ministered to, we
are to bless this day and let it know that we were here. 

We must each realize that our life is important. It should be used up. 
Don't go to your grave with mileage unused. Don't die without reaching 
your fullest potential. Whatever your job in life is, do it with 
excellence and with eagerness. Don't wait for tomorrow to be happy and to 
start enjoying life. You have today to see the beauty that surrounds 
you. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see what you haven't seen before. 
Make it a goal every day to focus for a minute or two on a flower, a tree, 
a sunset, anything that can reinvigorate and rejuvenate your zest for life.

When we focus on the blessings that surround us, we will be quick to 
appreciate our life and all that we have been lucky enough to possess. 
Sometimes all we need is a little perspective to see how fortunate we 
really are. I encourage you to bless this day with your life and do not 
let it pass you by unused. Live, Love, Laugh and Enjoy your life today!

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see the beauty 
that surrounds you. Use all that you have been given to maximize this day
and get from it all that you can.


When I was a boy our church sent some of us on a youth retreat. I had a 
great time although I didn’t realize it then. Being a teenager I was far 
more interested in talking to the other teens and joking around than I was
in the experiences our youth counselors had planned for us. It is only now
many years later that I remember and cherish the lessons they taught.

I remember moaning and groaning when they got us up early to watch the sun
rise over the mountains. Then I only wanted a few more hours of sleep 
instead of the breathtaking sight I was seeing. Now, however, I watch 
every sunrise and sunset that I can. It is the best way I know to share a
joyous “Good morning” and “Good night” with the loving God who made me.

I remember too a counselor of somewhat generous proportions wearing out a
group of us fit, young teens as he led us on a hike up the side of a 
mountain. He carried two walking sticks with him. One of them was in his 
hand and he used it to help himself up even the steepest parts of the 
path. The other was in his heart, soul, and mind and he used it to point 
out every beautiful thing there was to see along the walk from a single 
flower blooming in a bush, to a nest of robins living in a tree, to the 
wonderful view that awaited us at the end. Then I only wanted to head back
down the hill and play basketball. Now, though, I try to see the beautiful
in everything just as he did. He showed me that God gives us all a 
wonderful walking stick called our thoughts and that we all can use to 
help us travel joyously through this journey called life.

That retreat remains the most fun I ever had 30 years after the fact. I 
guess sometimes it just takes us a bit longer to get what people, life, 
and God are trying to teach us. I hope you use your walking stick well, 
live your life with love, and watch the sunrise every chance you get.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my 
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my 
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving 
strength of His anointed.”

Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the 
land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and 
He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the 
LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring 
forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”

Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be
not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee 
whithersoever thou goest.”

Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I 
deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He 
shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and
shew him My salvation.”

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

Today’s Selected Poem: I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem190.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: IN HIS TIMING
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony163.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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