Safe In the Arms of Jesus!
People come into our lives for a Reason,
a Season or a Lifetime.  Once we figure out
which one it is, we will know exactly what to do.
When someone is in our life for a  REASON,
it is usually to meet a need we have expressed.
They have come to assist us through a difficulty;
to provide us with guidance and support; to aid
us physically, emotionally or spiritually.  They
may seem like a  godsend, and they are!  They
are there for the reason we need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on our part or at an
inconvenient time, this person will say or do something
to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they move away, or they may just walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force us to take a stand.

But what we must realize is that our need has been met,
our desire fulfilled; their work is done.  The prayer we
sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.
Some people come into our life for a  SEASON
because our turn has come to share, grow or learn
something.  They bring us peace, make us laugh,
or they may teach us something and give us joy.
It's real. We can believe it - but only for a season.
LIFETIME  relationships teach us lifetime lessons;
things we must build upon in order to have a solid
emotional foundation. Our job is to accept the lesson,
love the person, and put what we have learned to use
in all other relationships and areas of our life.

There is a role for every person we meet in life.
Some are there to test us, some are there to love
us and some are there to teach us.  Then there's
the rare amazing ones who bring out the best in us,
the ones sent to remind us why it's all worth it.
Some people come into our lives and quickly go,
while others become our friends and stay a while,
leaving beautiful footprints on our hearts, and we're
never quite the same because we have known them.
To everything there is a season and a time to every
purpose under the heavens.
 Ecclesiastes 3:1
The following are five short, but very important
lessons about the way we treat people;
The Cleaning Lady:  During my second month of college, our
professor gave us a pop quiz.  I was a conscientious student,
and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one:
"What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?"

Surely this was some kind of joke.  I had seen the cleaning
woman several times.  She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50's,
but how would I know her name?  I handed in my paper, leaving
the last question blank.  Just before class ended, one student
asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

"Absolutely," said the professor.  "In your careers, you will meet
many people.  All are significant.  They deserve your attention
and care, even if all you do is smile and say "hello."  I've never
forgotten that lesson.  I also learned her name was Dorothy.
Pickup in the Rain:  One night, at 11:30 p.m., an older African
American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway
trying to endure a lashing rain storm.  Her car had broken down,
and she desperately needed a ride.  Soaking wet, she decided to
flag down the next car. A young white man stopped to help her, which
was generally unheard of in those conflict-filled 60's. The man took
her to safety, helped her get assistance, and put her into a taxicab.

She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down his address and
thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door.
To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home.

A special note was attached.  It read: "Thank you so much for
assisting me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched
not only my clothes, but also my spirits. Then you came along.
Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying Husband's
bedside before he passed away.  God Bless you for helping me
and unselfishly serving others." Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.
Always Remember Those Who Serve:  In the days
when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old
boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table.
A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

"How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.  "Fifty cents,"
replied the waitress.  The little boy pulled his hand out of
his pocket and studied the coins in it.  "Well, how much is a
plain dish of ice cream?"  he asked.  By now more people were
waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied. The little boy again
counted his coins.  "I'll have the plain ice cream," he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and
walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier
and left.  When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she
wiped down the table.  There, placed neatly beside the empty dish,
were two nickels and five pennies.  You see, he couldn't have the
sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.
The Obstacle in Our Path:  In ancient times, a King had a boulder
placed on the roadway.  Then he hid himself and waited, watching to
see if anyone would remove the huge rock.  Some of the King's
wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked
around it.  Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads
clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables.
Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his
burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road.
After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he noticed
a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.  The purse
contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that
the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the
roadway. The peasant learned what many of us never understand;
Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.
Giving When it Counts:  Many years ago, when I worked as a
volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who
was suffering from a rare & serious disease.  Her only chance
of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year
old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease
and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness.

The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked
the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.

I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep
breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her".  As the
transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and
smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek.

Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up
at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I
start to die right away?" You see, being young, the little
boy did not understand. He thought he was going to have
to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.
When we find ourselves in the position to help someone
we should feel so blessed.  Why?  Because God is using
us to answer their prayer!  Wow, I don't know about you,
but I consider it an honor for God to even consider using
me!  Our purpose here is to be a light to others, so that
they may find their way through us.  We need to always
be available to God for whatever purpose He so chooses.
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Just think, you're not here by chance, but my God’s choosing. His
hand formed you and made you the person you are.  He compares
you to no one else – you are one of a kind.  You lack nothing that
His Grace can't give you.  He has allowed you to be here at this
time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation.