We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV
I’m grateful this prayer was shared with me. I decided to share it with all of you. Today breathe in and fully understand and know that you are blessed and highly favored. Seek out God and find ways to be a better, more enlightened ambassador every single day!
Today would be my maternal grandfather, Elisberry Stephens’, 94th birthday.
Happy birthday Poppa!
My grandfather is an amazing example, for me, of a person who was always a blessing to others. My grandfather taught through example what it meant to be hardworking, dependable, honorable, forgiving, grateful and gracious. He gave of himself every day in every way, even when people took advantage of him, and even when people didn’t show or express their gratitude for all that he did for them—-he never stopped giving.
He took his last breath after spending a day giving to and blessing someone else. A day that he was supposed to be relaxing and recharging, he instead was being a help to someone else. What a man he was and what a man he still is.
Happy birthday to my grandfather and to all of my friends and associates who also celebrate today as the day they entered this world. Additionally, I would like to say happy birthday to each and every one of you, even if we call each other strangers we are still siblings in Christ!
Last but not least, for those individuals who woke up on September 11, 2001 with goals, dreams, and visions on their mind that were cut short due to the evil plotting and planning of other people who felt the need to make a global statement so that others would share in their pain and frustration—I would like to say that I pray that the world never forgets you and that day, and that we never stop honoring those who died trying to help, those who died while praying, and those who died while seeking escape and refuge. May your lives and your human deaths never be seen as lived and given in vain. May you live eternally in peace.
May our countries and our leaders do a better job to live and act as honorable and dignified ambassadors of God so that we can see and experience less acts of domestic and global terrorism—from people who are hurting due to the political, economic, social, and religious views and decisions made by a small percentage of elected and appointed people. As the saying goes, “hurt people, hurt people“. The pain subjected upon others is done at the hands of other hurt people. Sadly, it’s a vicious cycle.
Sadly, several people chose to use explosives and crash planes to kill thousands, to show the leaders of a few countries the pain they feel they (and their loved ones) were subjected to. Since they can’t repay the pain, eye for an eye, directly with those leaders, they choose instead to seek vengeance through the citizens and residents of their respective countries. This vicious cycle will continue until those in power do their part to end the cycle. They must be reconciled to God. They must be better ambassadors of God; not just speak His name out of convenience but live and lead as He intends. Be the light to see the light.
For those of you reading this message, please join me in saying today’s prayer that was shared with me on September 11, 2010. I hope that it helps you or someone else….
Father, thank You for choosing me as Your ambassador. Help me to understand the authority you’ve given me. Show me ways to reach out and be a blessing to others and build Your Kingdom here on earth. Amen.
Love you all!
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