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William Penn once said; "I expect to pass through life but once. If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do for any fellow being, let me do it now as I shall not pass this way again."

Too many people today have only their self-interests at heart. They only seem to care about what they want, when they want, and how they want, and could care less if it they harm others getting it.

New York City: It's a cold day in December. A little boy about 10-year-old was standing before a shoe store on Broadway, barefooted, peering through the window, and shivering with cold. A lady approached the boy and said, "My little fellow, why are you looking so earnestly in that window?"

"I was asking God to give me a pair of shoes," was the boy's reply.

The lady took him by the hand and went into the store, and asked the clerk to get a half dozen pairs of socks for the boy. She then asked if he could give her a basin of water and a towel. He quickly brought them to her. She took the little fellow to the back part of the store and, removing her gloves, knelt down, washed his little feet, and dried them with a towel.

By this time the clerk had returned with the socks. Placing a pair upon the boy's feet, she then purchased him a pair of shoes, and tying up the remaining pairs of socks, gave them to him. She patted him on the head and said, "No doubt, my little fellow, you feel more comfortable now?"

As she turned to go, the astonished lad caught her by the hand, and looking up in her face, with tears in his eyes, answered the question with these words: "Are you God's wife?"

I like the following poem from an unknown author:

Others

Lord, help me to live from day to day
In such a self-forgetful way
That even when I kneel to pray
My prayer shall be for - others

Help me in all the work I do
To ever be sincere and true
And know that all I'd do for you
Must needs be done for - others

Let "Self" be crucified and slain
And buried deep; and all in vain
May efforts be to risea again
Unless to live for - others

And when my work on earth is done
And my new work in heaven's begun
May I forget the crown I've won
While thinking still of - others

Others, Lord, yes, others
Let this my motto be
Help me to live for others
That I may live like Thee!


What an amazing difference we can make in this world when we put others first in our jobs, in our communities and in our families.
? 2004 - Joshua Goodling.
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About Joshua Goodling - At the age of four, Joshua was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given only one week to live. That was over 34 years ago, so it's been a long week. He is now an inspirational and motivational speaker, seeking to encourage and inspire others to make a difference in today's world. You can visit his website at http://www.joshuagoodling.com. He is also the founder of http://www.inspiritnews.com. You can contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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