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“Jesus…went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” (Acts‬ ‭10‬:‭38‬ NIV)

In May of 2006, the last high school class to ever graduate from Spade, TX, entered the room to receive their diplomas. There would never be another. But among that tiny class of 5 teens was one more graduate, fulfilling a dream he never got to experience: graduating from high school. For as Sherman Jones’ class was graduating from Spade in 1950, he was in Korea, fighting not only for his country, but also for his life. (Google the video “Spade TX last graduation” to see the whole incredible story)

Sherman Jones, the sweet and disabled war vet, had no right to share the stage that night. But 5 young people decided to honor a man through the example of Jesus. They wanted to do something good. And that unselfish good act will live on to touch many, many more lives. Do good because it’s what we should do in service to our Lord!

I leave you today with the words of Dr. Kent Keith, made famous by Mother Teresa, the patroness of good works:

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today,people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis it is between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.”

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Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone.” (Galatians‬ ‭6‬:‭10‬ NLT)

On August 20, 2014, a woman drove up and paid for her own iced coffee at 7 a.m. at a St. Petersburg, FL, Starbucks and also asked to pay for a caramel macchiato for the driver behind her, who then did the same for the next customer. After a few people continued the chain, the employees started keeping a tally on a piece of paper by the window. By closing time that night, 10 p.m., 378 customers had kept the Java blessings flowing!

You don’t have to be a Christian to do something nice for others. But the natural inclination for us SHOULD BE to help others, especially when we see a need. Selfishness is the opposite of the spirit-filled life. By doing for others, we are keeping old ways at bay while allowing God to draw us deeper and invite others to join us on the journey.

This being Valentine’s weekend, do something special for someone (but start with your sweetheart first!). If you find yourself in a drive-thru line, start a chain reaction of blessing! It’ll make somebody’s day! You are loved!

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The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD, and King David was filled with joy.” (1 Chronicles‬ ‭29‬:‭9‬ NLT)

As of December 31st, the homeless shelter of Caring Ministries in Ft. Morgan, CO, will close its doors due to lack of funding. The same has already happened to the shelter at the Opportunity Shelter in Jackson, MS. In fact, some 4,000 churches a year close their doors for the last time in America, with financial shortfalls being cited as the one of the chief culprits! And of the 1,000 that start up each year, only 20% will still be open in 5 years, largely because of the same issue.

In our text, we see a people who are excited to honor God with their giving to fund ministry and church construction. Because they willfully and faithfully gave, God gave abundant blessings to the people of Israel. But where giving dries up, so does blessing, even making way for suffering due to unfaithfulness to God’s commands. (Please read Malachi 3:8-12 for God’s take on this)

While there is bad stewardship in certain examples of ministry executives mishandling money and over-the-top salaries, this is by far a minority issue. Be faithful to give as God instructs you because souls are counting on it! Your giving to God’s work still changes lives! You are loved today!

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The path of the upright is an open highway.” (Proverbs‬ ‭15‬:‭19‬ NLT)

A friend shared with me a frustrating God-moment she recently had. While driving in the rain from Oklahoma back home to Arkansas, her three hour trip wound up being twelve! Three different times she had to pull off the interstate with belt issues, twice having it replaced. Each time, God sent people to buy, deliver, and install them for free, even getting a meal in the deal! Each time she tried to pay them, they all responded with the exact same words: “This is what Christians do.”

God gave my friend an open Heaven of provision, meeting her need at every step. For those that helped her, God gave them an open avenue to help a stranger, fulfilling a scriptural command to help those in need, which also leads to blessings. So, for everyone involved in this adventure, there was an “open highway” that led each to a place of blessing and affirmation.

The main point of this devotion is to realize that we who journey the Christ Life highway must be ready to do what Christians do, and that is to help others. By living faithfully, we are also in a prime place to be helped when we need it. So live your “open highway” this week! God is faithful and you are loved by Him!

And always be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15 NLT)

In April 1979, firefighters Larry Brewer, 28, and Dirk Sutterfield, 23, responded to a major fire at the Sun Oil Co. In the process, both were horribly burned but survived. Now, over 30 years later, both are grateful for the lives they’ve continued to live. “We’ve both been blessed to have lived a lot of life since then. We got to see our kids grow up, and now we get to see our grandkids grow up. I really think the accident made me learn to stop and smell the roses and for a young man, that was a great lesson,” said Sutterfield.

As Paul begins to wrap up his teaching to the Church about how to live holy and pleasing to God, he adds in at the last minute, “Oh, and by the way, try to live thankful.” Although the last of his character teaching, it is one of the most important he could’ve listed! To be thankful is to be looking at God more than at yourself, which is as it should be.

What are things you are thankful for? What bad things in your life turned out to be wonderful? Remember those as you live! Life is sweeter for the memories that make us smile, even if to just be glad that it’s behind you! You are loved today!

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