The end of the year has come and it's already the final post of this great year. When I typed my first post an entire year seemed quite long but I wanted so badly to write about and focus on the positive things that happen in our lives. My intention was to talk about the good things that people are doing and the touching acts of kindness that would impact my life and the lives of those around me. I hope that I have sufficiently displayed that there is a lot of good going on and that just because our society highlights many of the negative things doesn't mean that those are the only things that are really happening.
Take every opportunity to seek out the joyous things of life and go out of your way to do something for somebody else that will bring the love and true happiness into their life. It not only blesses the person that you serve but your life is also blessed for your kindness.
I end this year with an experience of my own.
Not too long ago a man approached me. This was a man who by the world's standards was poor and without anything of worth. His clothes were tattered and the filth of his way of living was obvious. That didn't matter at all to me. He needed something and I listened to him as he uttered the desires of his heart. He was hungry and he asked for some money to purchase a meal that would satisfy him for a time. I gladly gave. His response was sincere and he walked away. My mind thought about many things with regards to this lonely man. I thought about his way of life. He understood poverty but not just because he had no food to eat, it ran much deeper. Did he have a family who was living this sad way of life or was he literally all alone? These were the thoughts that raced through my mind.
In 2013, I ask that each of us please try to do everything in our power to help in every way we can. Let it not be a question of whether you can help rather the opportunity to help where you can. Even a tiny bit of help goes a long way.
Welcome to the end of 2012 and welcome to a new year of refreshment and newness. It's going to be a fantastic year and the blessings that we see will be life-changing.
I love my life! Thanks for spending a small part of my life with me through this daily work. It's truly blessed my life.
For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive. So when even was come, the lord of the vineyard saith unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first. And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. But when the first came, they supposed that they should have received more; and they likewise received every man a penny. And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house, Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? Is thine eye evil, because I am good? So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen. (Matthew 20:1-16)
Going back to the discussion I had with this man, we will be better suited and prepared to take on the many influences of the world and accomplish all that is required in our lives if we will learn how to work and then teach our children the importance of it also. It has always been a desire for Becky and I to know that our children know how to work hard and are confident to do anything that is required to live a good and productive life.
It's a great life! I'm thankful for every single day. I hope that this finds everybody well.