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Friday, August 29th, 2008

Hand Delivered Bouquets
by Max Lucado

Through Christ, God has accepted you. Think about what this means. You cannot keep people from rejecting you. But you can keep rejections from enraging you.

Rejections are like speed bumps on the road. They come with the journey. You’re going to get cut, dissed, dropped, and kicked around. You cannot keep people from rejecting you. But you can keep rejections from enraging you. How? By letting his acceptance compensate for their rejection.

Think of it this way. Suppose you dwell in a high-rise apartment. On the window sill of your room is a solitary daisy. This morning you picked the daisy and pinned it on your lapel. Since you have only one plant, this is a big event and a special daisy.

But as soon as you’re out the door, people start picking petals off your daisy. Someone snags your subway seat. Petal picked. You’re blamed for the bad report of a co-worker. Three petals. The promotion is given to someone with less experience but ‘USC water polo’ looks. More petals. By the end of the day, you’re down to one. Woe be to the soul who dares to draw near it. You’re only one petal-snatching away from a blowup.

What if the scenario was altered slightly? Let’s add one character. The kind man in the apartment next door runs a flower shop on the corner. Every night on the way home he stops at your place with a fresh, undeserved, yet irresistible bouquet. These are not leftover flowers. They are top-of-the-line arrangements. You don’t know why he thinks so highly of you, but you aren’t complaining. Because of him, your apartment has a sweet fragrance, and your step has a happy bounce. Let someone mess with your flower, and you’ve got a basketful to replace it!

The difference is huge. And the interpretation is obvious.

God will load your world with flowers. He hand-delivers a bouquet to your door every day. Open it! Take them! Then, when rejections come, you won’t be left short-petaled.

God can help you get rid of your anger. He made galaxies no one has ever seen and dug canyons we have yet to find. “The LORD … heals all your diseases” (Ps. 103:2–3 NIV). Do you think among those diseases might be the affliction of anger?

Do you think God could heal your angry heart?

Do you want him to? This is not a trick question. He asks the same question of you that he asked of the invalid: “Do you want to be well?” (John 5:6). Not everyone does. You may be addicted to anger. You may be a rage junkie. Anger may be part of your identity. But if you want him to, he can change your identity. Do you want him to do so?

Do you have a better option? Like moving to a rejection-free zone? If so, enjoy your life on your desert island.

Take the flowers. Receive from Him so you can love or at least put up with others.

I got this email just a little while ago and thought it would be perfect to share for a faith lift this Friday morning… thanks to Betty for sending me uplifting emails… Sheryl is the host of faith lift fridays!  She is a returning college student so she’s busier than usual, stop by and say hello and cheer her on if you have a chance.

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Friday, February 8th, 2008

“Sincerity”

 

“Be sincere… until the day of Christ.” – Philippians 1:10 NAS

 

The word ‘sincere’ comes from a Latin word meaning “without wax”. In the original

Greek, it means “sun-tested.” In Bible times merchants sold very fine porcelain that

was greatly valued and expensive. Sometimes when it was fired in the kiln,

tiny cracks would appear. Dishonest merchants would smear pearly-white wax

over these cracks, which would pass for unblemished porcelain – unless it was

held up to the light of the sun. Honest merchants marked their wares sine cera –

“without wax.” That’s a picture of genuine sincerity. No sham, no hypocrisy, no

hidden cracks to be covered over.

You say,”How can I live this way?” By keeping your eyes on Christ, not Christians!

Paul writes, “As a prisoner for the Lord then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the

calling you have received” (Ephesians 4:1 NIV). When Paul wrote this, he was

under house arrest in Rome, yet he didn’t regard himself as a prisoner of the

Romans. No, he was a prisoner of Jesus, a voluntary slave, totally in subjection

to the Lord. There’s a metaphorical meaning to this word “prisoner.” It can mean

“binding, as with a spell.” Paul was literally captivated by Jesus Christ! He thought

and talked about nothing else. He got up every morning determined to please Him.

Some days he didn’t do too well. We all have those days. But the next morning he

was up and at it again, more determined and more committed than ever.

Paul’s sincerity wasn’t based on keeping certain religious rules or trying to look

good. It was based on a deep love relationship with Christ: “Whatever we do,

it is… because Christ’s love controls us” (2 Corinthians 5:14 TLB).

– Bob Gass Ministries

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Friday, January 25th, 2008

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this

all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

2 Corinthians 4:7

 

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As the clay is in the potter’s hand,

so are you in My hand.
Jeremiah 18:6 NLT

Jeremiah was told by God to go down to the potter’s house and see how he makes his vessels: “The jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so [the potter] crushed it into a lump of clay… and started over” (Jeremiah 18:4 NLT).

Who crushed it? The potter! Why did he crush it? To make something better out of it! Here’s the good news: life may have crushed you, but you’re still in God’s hands! Your family and friends may think you’re beyond repair, but God doesn’t, and His opinion makes the difference. Your life may seem to be out of control today, but in reality you’re still on the potter’s wheel. “As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand.”

One day a friend of Michelangelo saw him working on a piece of marble he’d found on a rubbish dump near Rome. When he asked the master sculptor what he was doing, he replied: “There’s an angel inside and I’m going to bring him out.” How wonderful! >From a rubbish dump to a showcase. From a piece of rejected marble to a priceless work of art. That’s what our God does! Hannah said “He raises the poor from the dust… To set them among princes” (1 Samuel 2:8).

When Jesus called His disciples He said: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). You are not born qualified – you become qualified. How? By spending time with Jesus! So stay where the Lord has you today and let Him keep working on you. Tomorrow you’ll be glad you did.

~ Bob Gass Ministries

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