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Ponder: “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life” (Matthew 6:27).
 
I read Colin Powell’s latest book, “IT WORKED FOR ME In Life and Leadership.” He has thirteen rules for life and leadership. The first one is, “It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.” I like his opening statement about this rule. “Well, maybe it will, maybe it won’t.”
 
How often have you gone to bed with a nagging problem weighing you down, and in the morning it was still there and just as bad? Powell goes on to say, “This rule reflects an attitude and not a prediction.” Jesus said, don’t be consumed by worry; worry solves nothing and changes nothing. When we allow worry to dominate our thinking, we can easily fall into a constant “woe is poor me” attitude.
 
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). This is a strong verse. Let the Father know not just by asking, but with begging and with an attitude that He will take care of you. Also, you must be thankful for past answered prayers and for His being a loving, caring Father. Sometimes, after we earnestly pray, the problem is still with us. Like Paul and his thorn, we might need to accept that God’s grace is enough.
 
We know that all things can turn out for good. Read Romans 8:28-39. It is just that we stop short of God’s time table because we want an answer right this instant.   Plus the fact that we fail to see the future like God does. Just trust your Father, who cares for you, and turn your worries over to Him. Our Father will make things better tomorrow.
 
Song: “Be Not Dismayed Whate’er Betide”
 
Our Father, often I worry and stress myself out by keeping my concerns bottled up within me when I could turn all my worries to You. Father, I trust You, please help my trust to grow. I ask this in the name of my Lord, Jesus. Amen.
 
Ed Wittlif, Denver, Colorado
es_witt_504@yahoo.com

 



Handprints

Hand Print
 
Today’s Bible Passage: “People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them” (Mark 10:13-16).
 
Recently, a friend wrote the following statement relative to her five year old little boy. “Cleaning today, getting ready for family to come for the holidays, I saw a dirty little handprint next to the light switch. I almost wiped it away, but something stopped me quickly. I realized how precious that little hand is. It shows that my little boy is alive and healthy in his home. I thought how badly I’d miss that little hand if it were suddenly taken from me. Guess what? For this season there’s a little handprint stain on my wall. I love it there. My house may not be spic and span but that’s because a family lives here and we may be too busy hugging, laughing or sometimes arguing to always sweep or mop. But on my death bed, I bet I don’t say, ‘man. I should’ve cleaned more.'”
 
The Handprint
By Roy Crutcher
 
Today I found a handprint
That It started to wipe away,
But something said, “don’t do it”
You’ll be happy you didn’t some day.
That dirty little handprint,
 
Looks so bad there on the wall,
But what if there were no little child,
To put it there at all?
Children are so precious,
We love them all so much,
 
So why get upset
When we see a smudgy touch?
So innocently was it put there,
As they went about their play,
Able to run and jump and yell,
 
And all the other stuff they can to today.
Tomorrow holds no promise,
For what a child can do,
Or even it he’ll be here,
This is a fact that’s so true.
 
So cherish the child each day,
Hold them close and hug,
Tell them that you love them,
And cherish that handprint smudge.
 
If we truly love and nurture our children; if we teach them the ways of the Lord; if we show patience and yet instill discipline when they are small, they will, likely grow up to be individuals that we can be proud of. What’s more. God will be well pleased.
 
Hymn “Jesus Loves The Little Children”
 
Prayer: Father it is my prayer this day that we will encourage all parents to be godly parents who will set the proper examples before their children, and continually instruct them in the ways of the Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
Roy Crutcher, Mount Carmel, IL
RACRGC@aol.com

 



What? Lose My Life?

Scripture: “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it” (Luke 9:24).
 
This sounds like a paradox. Who wouldn’t want to save his life? How can a man save his life by losing it? Come on, this is just crazy! We will go to any length to preserve our lives, our well-being. We don’t want to lose either.

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