(08.19.21– The Power To Be Good –Galatians 6:7)
My friend, may I ask you a question? Whether we succeed or fail in this life, live a meaningful or empty life, ought we to lay up treasures in heaven or go empty handed to meet our Lord!
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
I'm M. Clifford Brunner.
Did you ever find yourself getting something on your finger that was sticky and you just couldn't figure out where it came from? This happened to me yesterday as I was working on my laptop. The "J" key felt "funny" every time I struck it with my right index finger. For a while I try to ignore that odd, sticky feeling; nonetheless, "sticky" seldom just goes away. In fact, "sticky" usually just keeps getting stickier. After a couple of minutes I quit asking the question why that "J" key was so sticky after examining the tip of the offending index finger. There it was. I had touched a raison that had been a part of my oatmeal and raison breakfast just minutes before. It kept the "J" key from working well. Yet, I kept touching that key until I just couldn't rationalize the stickiness any more. It was me, and not the key that caused the problem.
So it is when we find our lives out of control. We can blame others or we can focus on the real reason: us!
Here's a story: a very wise old man lived on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful city of Venice in Italy. It was reputed that he could answer any question anyone might ask him. Two local boys figured they could trick him so caught a bird and took it to the wise sage. "Tell us," they asked, "is the bird in our hand dead or alive?" The old wise man saw through the their duplicity and smiled kindly in their direction. "Hold out your hand my son." The wise man replied, "Son, if I say the bird is alive, you will close your hands and crush it to death. Or, if I say the bird is dead, you will open your hands and it will fly away. The answer my son is in your hands alone. (Zig Ziglar)
And so it is with life. Whether we succeed or fail, live a meaningful or empty life, lay up treasures in heaven or go empty handed to meet our Lord and Savior, it's all in our hands! For whatever we sow we reap. It's the law of the harvest. As the Bible states: "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. (Galatians 6:7). Whether that be what is good or bad, we control how our lives turn out. When life gets "sticky" the worst thing we can do is look away from ourselves and to others or circumstances not under our control as the culprit. I touched that raison and it made my finger sticky. As a result the "J" key now stuck. The answer to my problem was in my hands and not in the manufacture or usefulness of the laptop keyboard. We have the power of Christ dwelling within us; but it is not a magic formula for success. We must recognize His presence; call upon His power to affect our lives and then do what is right. Is Life not working out . . . things getting sticky? Take a look at your hands. Perhaps you've touched something you shouldn't have. Clean up and move on. Stickiness won't go away on its own–you and I need to act, for the answer is in our hands.
We pray. Heavenly Father, A man reaps what he sows. Whether that be what is good or bad, Dear Lord, we control how our lives turn out. When life gets "sticky" the worst thing we can do is look away from ourselves and to others or circumstances not under our control as the culprit. We have the power of Christ dwelling within us; but it is not a magic formula for success. We must recognize Your presence; call upon Your power to affect our lives and then do what is right. Lord, help us to take a look at our hands. Perhaps we've touched something we shouldn't have. We need to clean up and move on. Stickiness won't go away on its own–we need to act, for the answer is in our hands. In Jesus name we pray. 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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