Smiles from Others and Smiles from God

Everyone smiles in the same language. ~Author ...

Everyone smiles in the same language. ~Author Unknown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Express gratitude for what God has given by giving. Be a partner in His work and expect a very large return on your generosity in the form of smiles from others and smiles from God.

In today’s reading of Nehemiah 10, I can’t help but to observe how Nehemiah the governor, the priests, and the people joined together as brothers and sisters to make an oath to follow the law of God. For the things of God, rich and poor, high and low seem to agree. The lesson for me is to work together as neighbors united with goodness and charity to cheerfully perform our duty to God. This is the surest way to ease and liberty.

We are responsible for our behavior toward God and toward each other. Sure there may be people and circumstances around us that help shape that behavior but it is the individual that plans, organizes, directs, and ultimately controls his or her life. What seems to get in the way is man’s desire to develop their own systems which have a tendency to strip liberty from the individual. Here is a link to a post I read from another blogger who wrote about what he calls God’s economy: Wayfarer.

This day with God, let us be led to the cross. Let us be led out of love and doing what’s right. Let us give a smile and act kind toward our brothers and sisters; in return receiving a smile or an act of kindness from them.

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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8 Responses to Smiles from Others and Smiles from God

  1. pjgracecommunity says:

    This post really enthused faith in me to believe in the unity of working together
    For the common purpose of Gods plan for humanity, something I needed to hear.

  2. nackynice says:

    Hi my friend, I tagged you to be the part of the game “blog tag” click this link http://nackynice.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/tagged-your-it/ to join. It is really fun. Have a blessed day.

  3. Thanks for the kindness of your link-love, Mark – and for extending the conversation. You certainly gave me a smile today, and I hope I passed it along to others.

    • Mark Shields says:

      You are welcome Tom. I think your articulation of how “God’s Economy” works makes more sense than anything I’ve heard on how to get our economy back on track.

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