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“And certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities…provided for Him from their substance.” (Luke‬ ‭8‬:‭2-3‬ NKJV)

As a fire chaplain, I once responded to a call with our department to a house in our community for a non-emergency assistance need. As I stopped by later to follow up with the family, they exclaimed how grateful they were for the much needed help. Although they were of very modest means, they wanted to do something to show their appreciation for our firemen. So, with boxes of chocolates and homemade goodies, our guys were blessed by these for doing the job our department was called to do!

The Bible speaks of a group of women that Jesus helped, having compassion on and delivering them from demonic issues, possibly possession, and restoring them to a better life. In gratitude, though they were also of modest means, they served Jesus with whatever they had: a bit of money, food preparation, camp cleaning, laundry… They gave of themselves which enabled Jesus and His disciples to focus on the ministry which would impact even more lives. Every bit helped.

Like the women that followed Jesus, we all have reasons to be grateful to the Lord. These reasons should compel us naturally to somehow serve Him in return. Don’t look at what you don’t have or can’t do, but start with what you got and who you are! You’re greatest gifts and talents are already in your grasp! It will all make a difference and be appreciated! You are loved today! Be a servant! 


Then they scoffed, ‘He’s just a carpenter, the son of Mary.’ They were deeply offended and refused to believe in him.” (Mark 6:3 NLT)

Vice President Henry A. Wallace. Hall of Fame Basketball player Charles Barkley. Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug. What do these three high-achieving people have in common? All three are from small towns: Orient, IA, Leeds, AL, and Cresco, IA, respectively. Big names from little places.

In truth, many successful people come from humble roots. What grips us though, just as it did with Jesus’ neighbors, is that our pride and jealousy keep us from believing in others because our own low esteem won’t allow us to see ourselves in a good light. If we love our neighbors as we do ourselves, then we’ll hate them too, just as we do ourselves.

Be a person that believes for the best in others! Many around you, including You, can do so much better in life if someone will just believe in them and be given the chance. Open doors for others and you’ll find your own pathways enlarging! Bloom mightily in your small places! You are loved today!