My friend, may I ask you a question? What’s having faith all about? As Christians, should we be leading the way when it comes to serving others, because that’s what Christ did and He’s asking us to do the same thing with our faith? Isn’t it the only right way to live a life of faith?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Recently I decided to replace the upstairs bathroom sink. Since replacing a sink involves disconnecting and re-connecting the plumbing lines and fixture, we decided that it would be a good time to replace the fixture and valves as well. Even though the old fixture didn’t link, the finish had become dull and scratched over the years. It took a weekend, but we got everything back together before Sunday evening. Then the big moment came; we turned on the faucet for the first time. Water rushed into our new sink and everything seemed to be working well. The next morning, however, greeted by a wet rug in front of the vanity, we knew that everything wasn’t well. As it turned out, the new fixture was leaking. It was defective. There’s nothing more discouraging than fixing something that isn’t broken only to find that you’ve created more problems than when you started.

Here’s a story: “It was advertised that the devil was going to put his tools up for sale. On the date of the sale the tools were placed for public inspection, each being marked with its sale price. There were a treacherous lot of implements; hatred, envy, jealousy, doubt, lying, pride, and so on. Laid apart from the rest of the pile was harmless-looking tool, well-worn and priced very high. ‘The name of the tool?’ asked one of the purchasers.’ ‘Oh,’ said the devil, ‘that’s discouragement.’ ‘Why have you priced it so high?’ ‘Because it’s more useful to me than the others. I can pry open and get inside a person’s heart with that one, when I can’t get near him with other tools. It’s a badly worn tool, because I use it often.’ The devil’s price for discouragement was so high, he never sold it. It’s still his major tool, and he still uses it on God’s people today.”(John Lawrence)

Discouragement. We live with it daily. In a sense it’s like the hair trigger on an explosive device. It only takes a little thing, some little word or minor event to push us over the edge and allow the devil to enter our heart with that terrible tool. With life’s ups and downs, disappointments can easily become the breeding ground for discouragement. It’s the things that you have to do over and over again, like leaky plumbing, that just seem to wear away at you. I walked away from that leak Monday morning. I stuck a plastic bowl under the fixture line and put my mind on other things. The repair could be done next week, I told my wife. Sometimes its just better not to give the devil the opportunity to pry open a heart that’s hurting.

We pray. Dear Lord, we praise You for Your majesty and power, for Your sovereign control of our lives. Yet Lord, we sometimes forget that You have everything in Your control; that nothing happens in our lives without Your purview. Forgive us Lord when we become discouraged, when we forget Your power and Your sovereignty. Protect us Lord from the devil and his wiles, from his will to draw us into discouragement, putting us in jeopardy of falling into despair and away from Your promised grace. In Jesus Name. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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