Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Blessing Or A Burden

Yesterday I preached a funeral sermon for a man who recently died here in our community.  During the sermon, I told about how he was very talented at tutoring kids who are struggling academically in school.  In particular, I described how he began working with a little girl who was failing her classes.  This man invested time with her and helped her get a grasp on the subjects.  At the end of the school year, she was on the honor roll!  He had taken the time to change her study habits, confidence, and life.  What a great way for that man to be remembered.

As I sit here this morning reflecting on that inspiring story, I realize this:  Each of us is either a blessing or a burden to other people.

Either we lift people up or we tear people down.
Either we enable people to succeed or we discourage them to quit.
Either we make people's life a joy or we make their life a pain.

I've learned that we do affect other people way more than we realize.  It's impossible to have no affect on others.  Either we make their lives better or worse.  The choice is up to us.

One day our time on this Earth will come to an end.  When that happens, how will we be remembered?  Will people say we were a blessing to others or a burden?

May God empower us to be a blessing to everyone we encounter today.

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