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September 5, 2015

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Ten Lights to Brighten Our Day

by Dave Malnes

Little things matter.

In the business of sharing God’s Word with others, it’s often the little things can make a difference in a person’s journey to saving faith in Christ.

A kind word in a moment of sorrow.

A short reference from God’s Word.

A demonstration of a servant’s heart at a moment when a person’s soul may be the most receptive.

In many ways, we never know the impact we have on another soul until we get to heaven.

I receive an email the other day from Pastor Ed Schuppe that brought a ray of light and encouragement. It was a reminder of how important the little things are in life.

Here were ten lights that brightened my day.

  1. Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class.  When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile.”
  2. Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70’s- what his top 3 tips are for success.  He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing.”
  3. Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug.  When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”
  4. Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying.  And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.
  5. Today at 7 AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work.  At 3 PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too.  A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.
  6. Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”
  7. Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed.  About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.
  8. Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling.  I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.”  I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?”  Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.
  9. Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon.”
  10. Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy.  Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Joy never decreases by being shared.” (Anonymous)

“Lighten up in Christ and live for him.” (Ed Schuppe)

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