“Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.”~~~Romans 12:21
“We overcome evil with good. I believe this truth is one of the most powerful weapons we possess, and the best kept secret. God wants us to know it, but Satan keeps us so entrenched in our problems and personal pain that few of us ever understand the dynamics of it.
We can get Satan back for the painful things he has brought into our lives by being good to others. We overcome (him) evil by being good to other people. Actually, it is God who overcomes Satan as we allow Him to work His good through us. Satan wants to use our pain to destroy us, but we destroy his plan by doing the opposite of what he expects.
Being good to someone else not only defeats Satan, it also releases joy in our own lives. Historically, people who have been hurt by someone frequently experience depression. I believe that it is partially due to the fact that their attention is on their own pain instead of on what they can do to relieve someone else’s pain. God has not called us to “in-reach”; He has called us to “out-reach”. When we reach out to others, God reaches into our souls and heals us. He is the only One who can heal the broken hearted and make the wounded better than new.”~~~New Day New You~~~Joyce Meyer
When I work with others and get out of myself and my own problems and try to think of how to help others, God helps me and blesses me. God provides all my needs, and some of my wants. Everyone knows someone who is less fortunate than others. Reach out where you are. “Bloom where you are planted” is special to me.
In other words, we cannot help everyone but we can help who God has put in our path to help. HELP = Helping Other Lonely People. It breaks my heart that I cannot help everyone, but that is reality. I visited a friend in the nursing home Friday, and of course she was so happy to see us and to be remembered especially during the holidays. I had several little gifts, but there were so many people there that looked lonely and sad, but just saying Merry Christmas doesn’t seem to be enough. I am not financially able to visit very often. But…one little frail lady really tugged at my heart strings. I was going to my friend’s car to get the gifts, and I walked by her sitting in her wheelchair crying for someone to help her. I told her Merry Christmas, but I had nothing left to give. She stopped calling for help for a few minutes, and she said that she wished that she had someone to come see her. She reminded me of my mother in her last days, all she wanted was to be loved and given attention. God it made me think of mother’s last six years at home with us, and it taught me to be grateful that my mother did not have to go through that. I had already made the New Year’s resolution with myself, that I was going to start visiting the nursing homes near me. I don’t have money for gas to go far. But…God reminded me to “Bloom where I am planted”.