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An All Seeing Eye

“The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek after God” (Psalm 14:2).
When I was much younger, we sang a song titled “There’s An All-Seeing Eye Watching You.” The words of the song frightened me. I thought God was watching me every second, ready to punish me if I did anything amiss. I should have thought that maybe God was watching to see if I did anything good or if I need help.

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“Do More And More”

Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living.
Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more” (1 Thess 4:1-2).
Isn’t it nice to be acknowledged for what we have done and to be encouraged to take it to another level rather than being criticized for not doing more than we have done? Paul recognized the progress of Christians, and commended them for it. He also saw this as potential for greater growth and success.

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Determination

“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn” (Harriet Beecher Stowe).
The full statement by Harriet Stowe is, “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, until it seems as though you cannot hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. According to legend, Lincoln said when he met her in 1862, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war!” She had been so disturbed by the stories about the cruelty of slavery that she spoke out not only in America, but also in Europe. Her determination never wavered as she worked to end slavery.

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