Pay It Forward

I believe it’s a good practice to do good deeds to others without expecting anything in return. In other words, do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do. I believe that God in heaven sees our good deeds and service to others and He has a good memory when it comes to this.  Not every good deed I do results in a reward that is tangible and spendable. Serving others gives me a lot of self-satisfaction. I get so excited to see a family buy a home that will become the place where so many good memories are made. I love helping in that process.

 The guy who saved Jeremiah at the risk of his own life had paid it forward. The fall of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians had begun. Jeremiah was spared. Check this out….

 14 They had Jeremiah taken out of the courtyard of the guard. Then they turned him over to Gedaliah son of Ahikam son of Shaphan, who had orders to take Jeremiah back home. So they took him home, and he stayed among the people left in Judah.
15 While Jeremiah was guarded in the courtyard, the Lord spoke his word to him: 16 “Jeremiah, go and tell Ebed-Melech the Cushite this message: ‘This is what the Lord All-Powerful, the God of Israel, says: Very soon I will make my words about Jerusalem come true through disaster, not through good times. You will see everything come true with your own eyes. 17 But I will save you on that day, Ebed-Melech, says the Lord. You will not be handed over to the people you fear. 18 I will surely save you, Ebed-Melech. You will not die from a sword, but you will escape and live. This will happen because you have trusted in me, says the Lord.’” (Jeremiah 39:14-18 NCV)

 When I honor God with my choices today, I’m paying it forward.

I heard a great quote recently that said, “The stories I tell when I’m old will be based on the choices I make today”.  I believe that I should live today like it’s my last day….like the day I will meet the Lord face to face. Then I will choose wisely the things I give my time and attention to.  This passage blessed me because this “little known” guy did something bold and life-saving for Jeremiah and God rewarded him with his own life. It sure makes me think of how valuable serving someone today can become tomorrow.

If I’m never noticed for serving, I should still serve, because God notices.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

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