Sunday, July 31, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Problems, do you see them as emergencies, or as potential teachers? I think most people would agree they are a great source of stress in our lives. They come in many shapes, sizes, and degrees of seriousness, but in the words of Richard Carlson, they all have one thing in common: “They present us with something that we wish were different.” The more we struggle with them the more stress they cause us. However, I have found when we accept our problems as an inevitable part of life, when we look at them as a potential teacher we get a different perspective. Why not try thinking of your problems in a new way. Rather than pushing them away and resisting them, try embracing them. As you do ask yourself what valuable lesson these problems might be able to teach you, for they are life’s greatest teacher. Even with Christ every opportunity to experience the phenomenal came with the presentation of a problem. When we think about them in a different way and once we learn what we need to learn, they begin to go away. With this new insight we might just begin to see that they are a blessing rather than a burden.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Recently my two granddaughters came for a visit. After they had gone home it was quite evident they had been in the house. Papers were scattered, and toys were left in plain site. But the most remarkable evidence of their presence came in the little fingerprints they left everywhere. You know it wasn’t the prints in the obvious places that impressed me. But those that were left in the obscure areas where I really did not even think they could reach or go. By this discovery I was reminded that everything has God’s fingerprints on it. It’s easy to see them in a beautiful sunrise, a snow-capped mountain or the smile of a healthy child, but what about those difficult situations in life? What about the times when the pain appears more evident than His presence; the storm appears more looming than the Spirit? Although they may not be obvious, God’s prints can be found in the bad as well as the good. There is never a time when he is not present and his hand is not reaching. If you look closely you will find that his fingers are meticulously working to assist you in all areas of your life. Why not look again; God’s fingerprints are everywhere.
Monday, July 11, 2011
One of our greatest weaknesses is the temptation to underestimate people. Just recently while watching the TV program “America’s Got Talent” I watched as a young man stepped to the microphone to perform. By his looks he seemed to be a misfit, but when he began to sing it was amazing. The judges were greatly surprised and admitted they had totally underestimated him. When we fall prey to this kind of behavior we often lose in the process. It reminds me of a story I read recently. A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, 'This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.' The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks , 'Which do you want, son?' The boy takes the quarters and leaves the dollar. 'What did I tell you?' said the barber. 'That kid never learns!' Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store & says; 'Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?' The boy licked his cone and replied 'Because the day I take the dollar, the game's over!' The barber had completely misread the young lad’s ability. Wasn’t that also the case when Samuel turned up at Jesse’s house to anoint a king to rule over Israel? He could not believe his eyes nor his ears when God said, “this is the one anoint him immediately.” In respect to looks David was young and ruddy, but God saw a man with an incredible heart. While we may not see giftedness initially, we can never underestimate the worth and ability of those who come before us. They just might be the answer to our prayers and the fulfillment of our dreams.