Friday, 20 July 2012

Don 't be discouraged

There are many times when we begin a certain task that God lays on our hearts and because we think our efforts are minimal and not making a difference, we quit the job that God told us to pursue.

The enemy loves to plant seeds of doubt and lure us into thinking that we are not capable of making a difference in this world, but with God's help we can overcome and fulfill the destiny that God has for every believer.

If you are going through a situation of doubting your task unto the Lord, then I hope this story will bless and encourage you to never quit what God has laid on your heart because you may never know of the lives that you are touching.

I read of a man who was involved in a tragic accident. He lost both legs and his left arm and only a finger and thumb remained on the right hand.
But he still possessed a brilliant mind, enriched with a good education and broadened with world travel. At first he thought there was nothing he could do but remain a helpless sufferer.

A thought came to him. It was always nice to receive letters, but why not write them? He could still use his right hand with some difficulty. But to whom could he write?

Was there anyone shut-in and incapacitated like he was who could be encouraged by his letters? He thought of men in prison--they did have some hope of release, whereas he had none--but it was worth a try. He wrote to a Christian Organization concerned with prison ministry. He was told that his letters could not be answered because it was against prison rules, but he still decided to commence this one-sided correspondence

He wrote twice a week, and it taxed his strength to the limit. But into the letters he put his whole soul, all his experience, all his faith, all his wit, and all his Christian optimism.

Frequently he felt discouraged and was tempted to give it all up. But it was his one remaining activity, and he resolved to continue as long as he could.

At last he got a letter. It was very short, written on prison stationery by the officer whose on duty, it was to censor the mail. All it said was: "Please write on the best paper you can afford. Your letters are passed from cell to cell till they literally fall to pieces."
No matter what your situation may be like, you still have the ability to encourage someone who is discouraged and lift up someone who is feeling low.

Take this story as an encouragement to give your all for someone else and do not worry about the results. No good work will go unseen and only God knows of the impact that your life can have on someone else. Let us not do our good works so that we may be praised, but let us do good works so that others may be lifted up and God be praised because of our intervention.

The only thing that we can take with us into eternity is what we have done for the Lord. There are no bank accounts in heaven to show how much your net worth was on the earth, but there will be accounts in heaven of what you did to show your life as an example in leading others to Him.

- Author Unknown

(Taken  from  Coptic  Orthodox)

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FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Dear Amrita ~ This story brought tears to my eyes.

Thank you for sharing it.

Your pictures are lovely and I wish you well, and for God's continued love, peace and blessings to flow through and surround you.

Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

Terra said...

Amrita, this is a gorgeous story and reminder for me to keep on doing what I can in Jesus' name, no matter how seemingly small it might appear. What a wonderful man to write the letters and how good the prison official wrote to him to let him know how the men appreciated his letters.

Donetta said...

Good Morning
This is a good encouragement.
Your flowers are so pretty.I trust your well and that life is calm now. I hope that helps come your way when you need them. Enjoy your day.

Just Be Real said...

Thank you Amrita for sharing this encouraging post along with the man in the accident. Needed to read this today. Blessings.

Amrita said...

Sometime s I feel all my best efforts are falling apart - disintigrating into bits or back firing on me, but I have to keep holding on. Just do what God tells you to do, th e results may not show up - or you may feel you have made a mistake, but God is working for you

Sita said...

Amrita, this touched a chord in me and I feel your thoughts as well. Encouraging post.

Sincerity said...

Beautiful post Amrita! Very powerful. How true that the little we can do, sometimes because it is all we can do, seems so useless. But God sees our hearts and one day will bring to light what was done alone or in secret.

God bless you and bring you happiness with your joy!

David C Brown said...

I must have missed this before - and opened it when I needed it. Thanks.