13:2 KJV) Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have
entertained angels unawares.
The unexpected blessing that came from adopting an
abandon kitten we named, "Bobby" (see
Despised to Be Loved), turned out
to be that "Bobby" is a great hunter of grasshoppers!
For two years, now, my wife Lisa has
succeeded in "renewing" our yard with gardens and flowers and daily
"policing" of sticks that may have fallen from the many trees that bless
our property with much shade and an endless supply of pine straw for the
But, for years, the great nemesis of the "perfect
yard" has been the "cursed" grasshoppers that have been feasting on the
leaves of our largest and most beautiful flowers. The flowers are
breathtaking in all their beauty and splendor, but the wide green leaves
are scarred by the giant insect pest's last family feast. Try as
we might to chase them off, they would always sneak back, unawares, and
leave another beautiful long green leaf scarred for all to see and
detract from its flower's glory.
World renowned American psychiatrist Karl A. Menninger
said, "Money-giving is a very good criterion of a person's mental
health. Generous people are rarely mentally ill people."
Like the scarred flowers in our garden, we try to
renew ourselves through our own efforts to little avail, sometimes.
It seems the harder we try, the more the personal nemesis of our
character defects sneak back to create more scars in our best efforts to
beautify our life and make it whole. It is only when we turn away
from our "personal makeover" efforts and reach out to help another in
need, that a miracle begins to happen...It is as if the person we were
helping turned out the be an "angel unaware" who blessed us by capturing
the day's grasshopper and preventing it from devouring another leaf in
the garden of our new life.
And like the unintended blessing of loving and caring
for an abandon kitten, we have to do it, "daily", to continue to receive
the blessings of our "angel" grasshopper slayer, "Bobby".
Slay the grasshoppers in your life, daily,
By showing kindness and care.
Because you my be entertaining angels,
Almost certainly, unaware.
And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones
because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not
lose his reward."
by Pastor John
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