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By Alec Niemi
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A neighbor died suddenly of a heart attack. I had just met him a short time ago and had never met his wife. Although I have to admit I was a bit hesitant, I went over right after it happened to offer any assistance I could, despite not knowing anything about them. Still, it seemed like the proper thing to do. As it turned out, there was little I could do, but the wife was grateful that I had made the effort. Later I was asked if I would take part in the memorial service.

If we only focus on our own needs we can miss the opportunities to bless someone else. When we focus on the needs of others, even though sometimes there is very little we can offer or do, it still bears fruit.

My prayer for you this week:

“I pray that: you love His law, meditating on it all day long because His commands make you wiser than your enemies, for they are ever with you; you have more insight than all your teachers, because you meditate on His statutes; you have more understanding than the elders, for you obey His precepts; you are keeping your feet from every evil path so that you might obey His word; you have not departed from His laws, for He Himself has taught you. How sweet are His words to your taste, sweeter than honey to your mouth! And that you gain understanding from His precepts and therefore hating every wrong path. Amen.”
Psalm 119:97-104

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Alec Niemi, an entrepreneur, lifestyle evangelist and pastor is passionate about helping people find Christ.  He lives in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada.

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By Marilyn Ehle
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Methuselah lived 969 years and then he died.”  (Genesis 5:27)
“I will give him (Caleb)…the land he set his feet on, because he followed the Lord wholeheartedly.”
  (Deuteronomy 2:36)

Amazing advances in modern medicine, sociology and psychology seek to not only extend our lives but improve the quality of those lives A mere eight words describe one man whose name has become synonymous with advanced age: “Methuselah lived 969 years and then he died.”

Fewer people recognize the name of Caleb but this man dared to go against the prevailing opinion of his compatriots, staking his reputation on what he believed: that God and His word could be trusted.

What Arthur Winston believes about God wasn’t reported by the media, but his picture and words were front page news when he recently retired at the age of 100 from his 76-year tenure with the Los Angeles County Transportation Authority. (When asked about his “retirement” plans, Arthur responded that he wants to “keep busy, keep active.” He added that he might now have time to volunteer to help some of the elderly in his community!)

Methuselah lived long; Arthur exhibited tenacity in the workplace; but it is Caleb who is the prime example for the modern businessman and woman. To follow the Lord wholeheartedly when those around grow faint will receive far more lasting benefits than “social security” of “retirement benefits.”

Lord, thank you for examples to follow. Help me set the pace of wholehearted obedience to you so that those around will choose to join me on the path.”

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https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/2008/04/30/me_methuselah/

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Marilyn Ehle has worked closely with businesswomen in the USA setting up and participating in luncheons and discussion groups which focused on issues pertinent to today’s employed woman.
A writer, she writes devotionals for Thoughts About God  and Christian Women Today

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