Sunday, July 29, 2012

Giving your Best to God Will come Full Circle

Giving your Best to God Will come Full Circle! When you think about how God blesses your life everyday and how He provides for your needs, it makes sense, doesn’t it, to give your best to Him? But, how to do that and what can we give to Him that will show that we care; that we believe in Him? Sometimes, I think about this, especially if when I face a need in my life or when I feel my faith is slipping away from me.

The thing is, when we give our best to God; be it in the form of loving someone who is unlovable, when we forgive someone who has wronged us or when we help out a neighbor who is struggling or lonely, we are giving our best to Him. And, when we do something wonderful or even ordinary but with a good heart, God will reward us with better health, a better ability to handle difficulties in our life or show us the importance of relationships and how they can be a positive influence in our lives.

For example, my husband and I have a neighbor who has been so kind and helpful to us ever since we moved into our new condo over four years ago. His wife died seven years ago and he still misses her and rightly so. Well, I love to bake pies and wouldn’t you know, he absolutely loves pies? So, I bake him a pie every month or two and he always tells me how much he enjoys them. Well, about two months ago, it was time to bake him another pie, but I hadn’t been feeling well and surgery for a health condition of mine was coming up and I just didn’t feel like doing it. But, I noticed in the last couple of days before I made the pie, that our neighbor seemed more reclusive and shy and it bothered me. So, I put my own worries away and made him a pie.

At first, I struggled making the pie but as I continued mixing the ingredients and then pouring it into the crust, I began to feel better because I knew he would enjoy the pie. Well, I took the pie over to him and I’m so glad I did because he told me as I gave him the pie, “Thank you, Toni, for the pie.” He seemed so down that I asked, “How are you doing? Been feeling alright?” He replied, “Been a little depressed lately. I still miss my wife.” At first, I didn’t know what to say but then replied, “I understand. Losing someone is always hard and even after many years, the pain remains.” We talked a bit more and before I left, I could see he was doing better. It helps so much to share with another; not just the good things but things that bother us; things that make us feel that life is not worth living.

But, didn’t Christ tell us to help and love one another? He didn’t say it would be easy but he did say that we should use the talents we have to help those in need and when we help another in need, we also do out best for Christ and His Father. For he once said, “for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” “Matthew 25:35: When we give our very best, even when we are tired and feeling low, He will remember what we have done and continue to give you and me His best! So you see, the seeds of giving always come full circle. It may take time before it arrives, but it will be felt!

Monday, January 30, 2012

A Smidgen of Hope

A Smidgen of Hope

Sarah was in the fall of her life and experiencing one of the worst winters she had ever seen! Being 62 was not easy, especially without her husband of 40 years, Ben. So many were ready and eager to take advantage of her declining years and sizable bank account…

In the last 10 years of her life, Sarah developed a negative attitude about life. With her husband gone and no relatives to turn to for comfort and support, she grieved and was angered that she alone had to solve problems and confront people she’d rather not look at, let alone deal with.

It was on such a day that Sarah found spring—the kind of spring that lingers and eventually finds a home in an aching and lonely heart. Funny, it didn’t come from inheriting a million dollars, though that would have been fine with Sarah. No, it came in a tiny form…So tiny, she almost missed it that cold, January morning.

The tiny sparrow was resting all by itself on her window pane that cold morning and began pecking at her window sill. So insistent was the bird that Sarah had to go to the window to see what all the racket was about.

The sparrow sat there, perched, looking through her window in quiet stillness staring at Sarah. Sarah, in return, began to stare back. The sparrow looked at her as if to say, “Hey, it’s me! Remember me? Winter’s almost over, Hon, and spring is on its way!”

The bird kept looking at Sarah and seemed to be growing a smile on that weather-torn beak and even though the moment lasted only seconds, Sarah felt herself straightening up, smiling and felt a smidgen of hope swelling up inside of her. She was happy again, after many long years and all because of a little bird she later referred to as spring!

Toni Star 2012