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Paying it forward is helping others

October 01, 2004

KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN

One Saturday in September, a good friend of mine and I led worship

for a Southern California/ Arizona Women's District meeting. The

theme of this conference was, "Paying it Forward." You know, when our

time on this earth is complete, what will really matter is how we

affected the lives of others.

I have arrived at a point in my own life where I weigh most of my

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decisions in light of what God would have me accomplish and how my

family will be affected. I try to base my decisions on what is best

for my family unit and then any outside time I may have is used to

reach out and bless others outside my four walls.

I have come to understand, in my years as a married woman and a

mother, that if my family is suffering, it really does not matter

what I do outside this nuclear unit. But I do have a strong drive to

bless people and help families, so rather than knit or make

scrap-books, my extra time -- and time when my children are in school

or Dad is home with them -- is spent through donating or working in

the ministry.

To me Paying it Forward means that I live an existence where I try

to make wise decisions that may influence coming generations; either

by my direct influence or by blessing other people who in turn

instruct future generations.

Each of us has the ability to accomplish this in our own unique

way.

The following Scripture came to mind as I was contemplating which

Bible verse to use as an overhead for our worship service. I chose a

passage in Mark 12.

In this portion of Scripture, a teacher of the law asks Jesus what

the greatest commandment is. Jesus' reply is the following: "'The

most important one,' answered Jesus, 'is this: hear, O Israel, the

Lord our God, the Lord is one.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul

and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is

this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater

than these' " (Mark 12:29-31).

Basing our choices in life on obedience to God and shaping others'

lives should be the chief factor in how we make our life decisions.

And what is so marvelous is that we each have been given a blank

canvas of our very own on which to paint a masterpiece that

represents our lives. Each color and image on this canvas is placed

there by the choices we make, the people we touch, the labor of our

hearts and hands.

May God bless you as you make your decisions and select the color

and images that will fill your canvas. May God guide you as you touch

others' lives. And in the end, may you hear the words of our Lord:

"Well done, good and faithful servant!" (Matthew 25:21).

* The Rev. KIMBERLIE ZAKARIAN'S column runs alternating Fridays.

Contact her by e-mail at holyhouse9@aol.com; or by mail at Holy House

Ministries c/o the Rev. Kimberlie Zakarian, 9641 Tujunga Canyon Blvd., Tujunga, CA 91042.

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