As I was browsing through an old newspaper, I read aloud to my wife a news item about men losing their memory cells faster than women do.
"It must be true," she said."This is the second time you've read this article to me."(Readers Digest, May 2000)
Some things are worth repeating.Such as, "I love you."And, it is OK to repeat, "I'm sorry" when you really mean it.Building relationships isn't all that difficult if it you don't keep score of who says those things the most often.Is there really a measurement that determines when we have said them enough?
GospeLines Prayer:"Father, I love you.And I am grateful that you never tire of hearing those words from me.Grant me the ability to share Your love with those closest to me today.Assist me to say 'I love you' to everyone, whether by lips or by deed, and may the world never grow tired of hearing this wonderful message." Amen and amen.
19But Joseph said to them, "Do not be afraid, for am I in God's place?
20"As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.
21"So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones."So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
Genesis 50:19-21 (New American Standard Bible)
ABC News had a most unusual story on the art of Willard Wigan, a native of Birmingham, England.He is the creator of the world’s smallest sculptures – small works that are almost invisible to the naked eye.His works includes sculptures of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the eye of a needle and Elvis on the head of a pin.
Wigan uses tiny, homemade tools to carve his sculptures out of grains of rice or sugar, and paints them with a hair plucked from a housefly's back. He said he has to work between heartbeats to avoid hand tremors.
Wigan started his passion when he was a lonely 5-year-old watching ants running around.He actually thought they had nowhere to live.Because of learning disabilities, he cannot read or write.However, he has become extremely successful through his microart.His work recently sold and the collector has insured it for more than $20 million (US).
"The teachers at school made me feel small, so they made me feel like nothing," Wigan said. "I'm trying to prove to the world that ‘nothing’ doesn't exist."
GospeLines Prayer:Father, when we hear stories like this, many of us can empathize.In our quest for acceptance and acknowledgement, we sometimes are met with opposition.Those who [think] we are ‘nothing’ because of their own inadequacies sometimes make us feel small.
But You have proven to us time and time again, that what was meant for evil, You mean for good. Despite what others say, You ALWAYS make something beautiful as the lyrics in Your song say--
(Bill Gaither / Gloria Gaither)
All my confusion, He understood
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife
But He made something beautiful of my life
Thank You Lord for making Something Beautiful…
In His Love,
≈ Devotional for Wednesday: August 8, 2007
The city of Vernon, TX has added a smile to a very serious subject: increased revenue through tourism and motel taxes.If you know Vernon, it is a town of about 12,000, known mostly for its sagebrush, mesquite trees and wheat fields.During the winter they get an occasional powdering of snow but there are absolutely no ski slopes anywhere around.About a year ago, the Chamber of Commerce erected billboards outside the city that say "Ski Vernon."It has a picture of a man clad in a short-sleeve shirt, jeans, cowboy hat and boots, perched to ski off a bale of hay.
For years ski enthusiasts from neighboring states have traveled along US 287 through Vernon, about 50 miles west of Wichita Falls, on their way to the slopes of Colorado and New Mexico.Since the billboards appeared, local motels have seen about a 25 percent increase in business in November and December!
Many Christians are asked, "Why are you so happy all the time?"Good question.One answer is that we choose to bring joy to a very serious subject.And when we do that, people notice and want some of what we have.
A smile is so contagious when it is born from the depths of your soul.Others see it and cannot help but wonder how you are able to find joy in life all the time. Keep on smiling!And let the excitement of the Holy Spirit minister to others through your personality.You are a billboard which God has erected to share Himself with others.It could say, "Ski Vernon," and bring a warm chuckle from an unsuspecting traveler.But it could just as easily say, "Keep on going.Don't stop here because there is nothing I have that you would want."
Bring a little joy to the world today.Smile!And let others wonder and ask why you are so happy.
Lucifer said, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High." (Isaiah 14:13-14)
I will... I will... I will... I will... I will...
He wanted all the glory; he wanted to be in charge; he wanted to make all the decisions.He coveted what was not his.
Billy Graham says in his book "Angels" that "virtually every war ever fought began with covetousness."In Lucifer's case, he wanted what was God's alone and it cost him his place in God's eternal kingdom.
Have you ever said, "I will ____________" (You fill in the blank) when the thing was not yours to do or have?Sometimes we say we're going to make someone's life better or we're going to lead them to a better place, or "save" them.Our intentions are good; but, are we taking on the job of someone else - in this case the job of Holy Spirit?
When we say something wise regarding God's Word, it isn't us speaking, it's the Holy Spirit (Mark 13:11; Luke 12:12).When someone finally grasps the Word, it's not our teaching, but the Holy Spirit who is teaching them the words of our Savior (John 14:25-27).
Avoid the "I will" spirit and seek the nature of a servant.Our Lord Jesus made Himself nothing; and taking on the very nature of a servant, humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:6-8)Should we do any less...?
"…we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world."
The world's highest suspension bridge was built in 1929, just outside Canon City, Colorado.The Royal Gorge Bridge was finished in seven months with no fatalities at a cost of only $350,000.Replacement cost would be over $10,000,000.When I first saw it outstretched across a massive granite gorge and the Arkansas River, I was 26 years old.It amazed me then and still leaves me breathless.It is supported by two cables which contain 2100 strands of galvanized wire in each one.The strands of wire, each smaller in diameter than a pencil, are wrapped together to form the support cables.The two cables with their 4200 strands of wire weigh 300 tons.
Separately, those pencil-sized strands would snap if put under the stress of motorists traveling across the river.But in concert with the rest, the cables support a bridge weighing over 1000 tons, and can accommodate traffic weighing in excess of two million pounds!How?By working together.
There is strength in numbers.Surround yourself with a large group of supportive Christians who share the same goals as you.The church of the 1st century knew the importance of community and sticking together.You, too, will become enriched by sharing the fellowship of a group of saints in Bible study and worship.
GospeLines Prayer:Father, help me to guard against becoming too independent for my own good.Give me humility enough to share my heart with others, if not for my benefit, for the blessing I can be to someone else.Remind me that my song is twice beautiful when sung to You and shared with others.Amen and amen.