This is not the best quality photo from the night of Brayden and Mary’s engagement. I snapped it when they were listening to their father’s words. However, It is one of my favorites. It shows joy, happiness, tenderness, and their love for each other. He chose to do good and bless his bride to be. I know the adoration is mutual and it is a beautiful thing to see.

by Tammy Phillips
January 24, 2021

“So then, as occasion and opportunity open up to us, let us do good to all people [Be mindful to be a blessing] especially to those of the household of faith [those who belong to God’s family with you, the believers].” (Galatians 6:10 AMPC)

The Holy Spirit had been relentlessly, yet softly, whispering this scripture in my ear for days. What are you trying to say Father? The light bulb finally went on.

I have repeatedly told my boys, Brayden and Parker, you only get one chance to do it right the first time.  When Brayden, my oldest was proposing to precious Mary Claire.  He texted me a picture of the ring.  I commented, “Beautiful. This is for real!”  He replied, “No going back, now.”  He was correct.  We get second chances in life, but no go-backs, no do overs of doing it right the first time. He had once chance to propose and do it the right way.  And he did it right.  He was a blessing to his bride to be with a gorgeous ring and a surprise, proposal party.

The focus verse says that we need to take every opportunity, every chance to do it right the first time, to do good to all people.  Every opportunity, we need to be mindful to be a blessing.  We always have the opportunity, don’t we? 

How many times have we said, “We’re praying for you?” and we never lifted the brother or sister up to throne.  We must stop and do it at the given opportunity.  How many times have we raised our voice to the person on the other end of the phone because things were not going as we expected or wanted?  How many times have we missed an opportunity to bless the person who cut us off on the road and instead we chose to curse them?

I enCOURAGE you as each opportunity opens up, every chance you get, to do good to all people.  Choose to be a blessing.  Make their day or life better by simply choosing and doing good.  If we all did good at EVERY opportunity, what a different place the world would be.

P.S.   However, thank God that His word teaches us about grace, mercy and forgiveness.  If we do not do it right the first time, he teaches about second, third and four hundred and ninety do overs.

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