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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Max Lucado

Do for Others What God Does For You by Max Lucado

"You and I have the privilege to do for others what God does for us. How do we show people that we believe in them?

Show up.
Listen up.
Speak up.

You have the power to change someone's life simply by the words that you speak. That's why Paul urges you and me to be careful. "When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need—words that will help others become stronger" (Eph. 4:29).

Earlier I gave you a test for love. There's also a test for the tongue. Before you speak, ask: Will what I'm about to say help others become stronger? You have the ability, with your words, to make a person stronger. Your words are to their soul what a vitamin is to their body. If you had food and saw someone starving, would you not share it? If you had water and saw someone dying of thirst, would you not give it? Of course you would. Then won't you do the same for their hearts? Your words are food and water! Do not withhold encouragement from the discouraged. Do not keep affirmation from the beaten down! Speak words that make people stronger. Believe in them as God has believed in you. "

From A Love Worth Giving
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 2002) Max Lucado

Guess I wrote on this topic today - because it is nearing Thanksgiving. We are always saying what we are thankful for and that is great! But there are others now going through hard times - and it's hard for them to think what they are thankful for. So let's reach out and give and be there for others. We can be thankful that we are in a spot right now where we have something to be thankful for.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY Jamie Lee Curtis - (Wikipedia)

In 1987, Curtis filed a US patent application that subsequently issued as Patent No. 4,753,647. This is a modification of a diaper with a moisture proof pocket containing wipes that can be taken out and used with one hand. Curtis has refused to allow her invention to be marketed until companies start selling biodegradable diapers.

On her website, Curtis tells her young readers that she "moonlights as an actor, photographer, and closet organizer." She takes time to support various philanthropic groups. Curtis was Guest of Honor at the 11th annual Gala and Fundraiser in 2003 for Women in Recovery, Inc., a Venice, California-based non-profit organization offering a live-in, twelve-step program of rehabilitation for women in need. Past Honorees of this organization include Sir Anthony Hopkins; the 2005 honoree was Angela Lansbury. Curtis is also involved in the work of the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, serving as the annual host for the organization's Dream Halloween event in Los Angeles, launched every year in October.

Curtis was an alcoholic who was also once addicted to pain killers that she started using after a routine cosmetic surgical procedure. She got sober in 1999 and maintains that recovery is the greatest achievement of her life.

Jamie Lee Curtis turns Fifty - article in AARPS magazine:

Yes, I do like her - because she is a woman who accepts herself and her age.



Joycee said...

Sandie, great advice to be sensitive to others plight. Not everyone can see the blessings in their life when they are without jobs, in poor health or their lives are missing loved ones. We need to reach out always. Love those books so much. Have a great weekend!
joycee at grannymountain

Changes in the wind said...

Great post Chatty...if only it came with sticker tape so we would always remember.

That corgi :) said...

such timely advice to go out and help others and to also be so thankful for what we have; Max Lucado is one of my favorite Christian authors; love his style of writing

I try as much as I can to reach out and help others and encourage as I can; my old pastor in Montana said everyone deserves "a look, a touch, a smile and a word". I might not necessarily touch physically people but I do try to look at others, say something and definitely smile :)

it is amazing too how much we can change people's lives by our actions and words; that's why we have to be sooooo careful with what we say or do that is is positive and uplifting

again very timely advice and topic :)


Stella said...

My Wed. night bible study group is doing Max right now. He has such a way with words and really get the point across. Thanks for reminding us to reach out to others.

A Lil Enchanted said...

Words and simple gestures can be so powerful.

Happy Birthday to Jamie Lee!

A Lil Enchanted,

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

What great advice, I try to live up to the saying, if you can't say something good about another person, then don't say anything at all.
Thanks for dropping by...I went to Richland Thurs and didn't get home till late Fri. Was running all day yesterday and then woke up this morning with a sore throat..have been sleeping off and on all day. Got to get well for Thanksgiving.
Hope you and yours have a great week and Thanksgiving.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Great post dear lady.
Hope that you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Through it all, as we face our days with the ups and downs that come...we have much to be thankful for!