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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Words Have Power!

GodVine - "Like many inspiring movies and books, this short story may 
be fictional. 

However, the impact that 
this work will have on its readers is very real. 

'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 

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 and 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 his books. 

He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play football on Saturday with my friends and me. He said yes. 

We hung 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 here 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. Over 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 me 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 story of 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 its 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 other's lives to impact one another in some way.

Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly."

As seen on GodVine 6/20/14

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Let’s pray:
   Father, Make us aware of the 
needs of others, so we can give
a helping hand.

   Guide my thinking, as I don't
want to be guilty of misjudging

   May I remember that I do not
know where they're coming from, nor what they've been through.

   As no one really knows me well, may I honor You in all I do, so there'll not be some questions about my behavior.

   I ask this in order to honor You, Father, in Jesus' Name. Amen

day’s Bible verse: Is. 40:29 "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength."

Today’s quote: William Cowper – “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on his knees.”
Some thoughts today: Allow the grace of God to help you embrace the “big picture” of your life, and to learn how to relate with others of different persuasions of worshipping Him. In heaven, we’ll worship together; we might just as well start now!

Partner with Jesus and discover the real purpose for living. Do you fight for others, to help them find their real purpose in life? This is where true joy can be found: in serving others, and in our encouraging words of faith.

- Over the years, I've underlined Bible verses that God used to speak to me. Oh, the power that can embolden me from re-reading some of the verses in Psalms! It's such a blessing, I just feel "so full," and don't know what to do with them all! 

I guess I'll just take one, and make it my own, for the need at hand...

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