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Allow God To Use Your Hands

Everywhere in the Christian community we see bumper stickers and such with the question, “What Would Jesus Do?”

Indeed, think of the suffering that might be prevented if everyone considered that question before acting! Yesterday I received a story in an email that I’d like to share with you:

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books.

I thought to myself, ‘Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday?
He must really be a nerd.’

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.

As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him…

He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes . My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him as he crawled around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye.

As I handed him his glasses, I said, ‘Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives.’

‘ He looked at me and said, ‘Hey thanks!’

There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.

I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived.
As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now.

I would have never hung out with a private school kid before. We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books.

He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends . He said yes.
We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.

Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, ‘Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!

‘ He just laughed and handed me half the books.’

The next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors we began to think about college.  Kyle decided on Georgetown and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never
Be a problem. He was going to be a doctor and I was going for business on a football scholarship.
Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd.

He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak .
Graduation day, I saw Kyle.
He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school.

He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him.
Boy, sometimes I was jealous!
Today was one of those days.

I could see that he was nervous about his speech. So, I smacked him on the back and said, ‘Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!’

He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled….’ Thanks,’ he said.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began

‘Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years.

Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach…but mostly your friends….

I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them.
I am going to tell you a story.’

I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the first day we met.

He had planned to kill himself over the weekend.

He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile.

‘Thankfully, I was saved.
My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.’

I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment.
I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile.

Not until that moment did I realize it’s depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions.

With one small gesture you can change a person’s life. For better or for worse.

God puts us all in each others lives to impact one another in some way. Look for God in others.

Allow God to work through YOU…

 

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Mission Possible

This is your mission, should you choose to accept it… (Hopefully this message will not self destruct!) 🙂

Make a habit of asking at least 3 people every day if there is anything that you can do to help them. (Perhaps you’re already doing this, and if so, I salute you!)

Family and close friends might be a good place to begin if this is new for you, but I challenge you to stretch your horizons and approach complete strangers (Who are not as far removed from being friends as you might imagine – see I’d Like You To Meet My Friend)

Here are some suggestions to get you started and I invite you to post more ideas in the comments section. Tell us how you serve your brothers and sisters and neighbors in your community.

Perhaps a homeless person needs a new change of clothing. Maybe he would even accept job. Chances are at the very least he would like someone to talk to and would share his (or her) story of how he became homeless in the first place. Maybe unfortunate circumstances brought him down and depression and despair kept him there. What would the messiah have you do? Shouldn’t you at least ask him (or her – many women are homeless too) if he knows God, and share with him your faith if he does not? Maybe he would like to go to your place of worship with you – a good use for that new change of clothing that you just gave him, right?

Just because a person doesn’t seem to have needs , doesn’t mean that they don’t. A person doesn’t have to be homeless on the streets in order to appreciate random acts of kindness.

It is important to minister to your spiritual brothers and sisters as well, encouraging and building each other up. After all, even though we are supposed to be spreading love and good will to the world at large, we still need some loving treatment ourselves, which you can’t always expect to get from the world. Lots of times people will take your acts of kindness for granted, or even treat you rudely. In order to persevere it helps to have the unconditional love and support of other true followers of the Prince of Peace, and they need you too, so do not forsake the gathering of yourselves together.

Speaking of which, you don’t have to wait for a formal worship service in some officially designated building somewhere order to get together with your brothers and sisters. Send out invitations and have them over for a meal or gather in the yard and watch the children play while you break out your scripture and have an informal study. Gather at somebody’s house specifically for the study of scripture sometimes. Don’t forget prayer and visiting among yourselves too. Remember, God is our Father, Jesus (Yeshua) is our elder brother; we are a family… One of the great things about family is that you are supposed to be able to relax and be yourself. “Church” has its place, but you’ll be missing out on many blessings if you limit your associations to going to church. You and other children of God are the church!

How To Create Peace On Earth – Guaranteed!*

Why would Jesus bother teaching his message of love and peace if he didn’t expect his followers to obey his instructions?

What would happen to the evil in this world if EVERYONE suddenly decided to LOVE everyone else?

Alright, maybe not everyone will jump on the band wagon all at once, because unfortunately, there IS much evil in the world, and lots of people are very caught up in it… BUT how about if just everyone who CLAIMS to love God were to follow God’s commandments and LOVE his and her neighbor?

Many sources mention 2.1 billion Christians in the world (about one third of the total population of the planet)

But here’s the rub – are all of them really Christians? Are YOU? What exactly IS a Christian?

One answer is that a Christian is a follower of the teachings of the Messiah… (aka Jesus Christ, and the reason for the term CHRIST-ian) So, what exactly did He teach?

Jesus is famously well known for wrapping it all up in two simple commandments: Love God with all of your heart, and your neighbor as yourself.

Of course, He also elaborated on these things with statements about loving our enemies, and he admonished that if we hold a grudge and do not forgive, then God can not forgive US… But, all the rest of that would be a mute point if the two commandments of Love were followed!

Our Messiah also asked that we share the gospel with others. The Good News includes the miracle of Peace that will occur as more and more people begin treating each other with kindness and respect. (At least among those who love God!)

Just imagine what a PERFECT place the world would be if EVERYONE did his and her best to follow the teachings of the messiah…

Think what a LOVELY place that the world would be if only all of the people who CLAIM to be Christians followed the instructions that Christ taught…

Think what a BETTER place it will be even if only YOU AND I were to do our best to have a close relationship with God and love everyone else on the earth…

*Results will vary according to how many people will COMMIT to following the simple formula given by the Prince Of Peace.

Disclaimer: According to prophecy, however, it appears that the entire world will not be united until the Prince Of Peace is the ONLY ruler of this world, and that’s in God’s hands. In the meantime, we have only two simple rules to follow:

Mat 22:34  When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they met together in the same place.
Mat 22:35  One of them, an expert in the law, tested him by asking,
Mat 22:36  “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?”
Mat 22:37  Jesus said to him, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
Mat 22:38  This is the greatest and most important commandment.
Mat 22:39  The second is like it: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’
Mat 22:40  All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”

Also:

Luk 6:27  “But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.
Luk 6:28  Bless those who curse you, and pray for those who insult you.
Luk 6:29  If someone strikes you on the cheek, offer him the other one as well, and if someone takes your coat, don’t keep back your shirt, either.
Luk 6:30  Keep on giving to everyone who asks you for something, and if anyone takes what is yours, do not insist on getting it back.
Luk 6:31  Whatever you want people to do for you, do the same for them.
Luk 6:32  “If you love those who love you, what thanks do you deserve? Why, even sinners love those who love them.
Luk 6:33  If you do good to those who do good to you, what thanks do you deserve? Even sinners do that.
Luk 6:34  If you lend to those from whom you expect to get something back, what thanks do you deserve? Even sinners lend to sinners to get back what they lend.
Luk 6:35  Rather, love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, for he is kind to ungrateful and evil people.
Luk 6:36  Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Luk 6:37  “Stop judging, and you will never be judged. Stop condemning, and you will never be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Luk 6:38  Give, and it will be given to you. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use, you will be measured.”