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Take time to think;
It is the source of power.
Take time to read;
It is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to play;
It is the secret of staying young.
Take time to be quiet;
It is the opportunity to seek God.
Take time to be aware;
It is the opportunity to help others.
Take time to love and be loved;
It is God’s greatest gift.
Take time to laugh;
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to be friendly;
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to dream;
It is what the future is made of.
Take time to pray;
It is the greatest power on earth.
I found this quote interesting and wondered what you thought. Tim
Forgiveness, the Cement of Community Life
“Community is not possible without the willingness to forgive one another “seventy-seven times” (see Matthew 18:22). Forgiveness is the cement of community life. Forgiveness holds us together through good and bad times, and it allows us to grow in mutual love.
But what is there to forgive or to ask forgiveness for? As people who have hearts that long for perfect love, we have to forgive one another for not being able to give or receive that perfect love in our everyday lives. Our many needs constantly interfere with our desire to be there for the other unconditionally. Our love is always limited by spoken or unspoken conditions. What needs to be forgiven? “We need to forgive one another for not being God!”
Some people live without anything and have everything. The example that always comes to mind for me is in Africa. This little old black African man and I prayed together after a long session. He prayed with such tenderness, saying, “O Lord, help us never to move into stone houses.” And everybody echoed, “Yes, Lord. Yes, Lord.”
Afterward I asked the missionaries what he had meant. “Well,” a priest said, “look at the villages. They’re all door-less thatch huts. And so as long as you live a simple life in a thatch hut with no doors, you don’t know where your family ends and where the next family begins. You move in and out of one another’s lives, and it’s all really one family. And there’s no possessing, there’s no mine and thine; it’s ours. It’s a world of community.” “Once the first stone hut is built in a village,” the missionary continued, “very quickly a door and locks are put on it. Immediately the world of mine and thine is created. The entire social worldview, the entire understanding of self, changes but… I’d say you can’t see God very well if you spend too much time inside your stone house.
Hi: This greatly encouraged me yesterday and got me out from my streak of crankiness and disappointment in others. May it bless you too. Tim
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends;
If you are frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway,
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world your best anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
A cool little devo …
COMMONEST THINGS BLESSED
‘Ye shall serve the LORD your God,
and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water.’
WHAT a promise is this! To serve God is in itself a high delight. But what an added privilege to have the blessing of the Lord resting upon us in all things! Our commonest things become blessed when we ourselves are consecrated to the Lord. Our Lord Jesus took bread and blessed it; behold, we also eat of blessed bread. Jesus blessed water and made it wine: the water which we drink is far better to us than any of the wine with which men make merry; every drop has a benediction in it. The divine blessing is on the man of God in everything, and it shall abide with him at every time.
What if we have only bread and water! Yet it is blessed bread and water. Bread and water we shall have. That is implied, for it must be there for God to bless it. ‘Thy bread shall be given thee, and thy waters shall be sure.’ With God at our table, we not only ask a blessing, but we have one. It is not only at the altar but at the table that He blesses us. He serves those well who serve Him well. This table-blessing is not of debt, but of grace. Indeed, there is a treble grace; He grants us grace to serve Him, by His grace feeds us with bread, and then in His grace blesses it.
Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith, Daily Entry
Have a blessed day everyone!
Just a few thoughts on a kinda obscure subject. Not much is really known about Melchizedek although he is a major figure in the history of Israel and the church. Hebrews devotes a lot of chapter 7 to him. He is first met in the Bible when Abraham is returning after battle, exhausted, and extremely aware that he ticked off four of the most powerful kings of his day. And the story goes as Abraham was returning, “Melchizedek, King of Salem, brings out bread and wine and blesses him.” Hebrews 7:7 says, “Without doubt the lesser person is blessed by the greater.”
But who is this guy you know? He is the King of Salem (ancient Jerusalem) and a “priest of God most high,” who fed and blessed Abraham. Non Biblical sources say he was anything from an angel to just a man so righteous he was made a priest. In Psalm 110 David saw Mel as a type of the promised Messiah who would establish a new order of King priests. Hebrews 7 takes it farther says that Mel was like Jesus, whose title is “king of righteousness” and “king of peace,” who appears in scripture without beginning or end to life and remains a “priest forever.” So Melchizedek was a picture of Jesus, but probably also just a man …
I want to focus on what Mel did with Abraham for a minute though. This priest was out and about, not holed away somewhere. He went out looking for those who have been through some stuff, tired, weary, maybe disillusioned … Instead of trying to “fix” the problem, and he probably really wanted to, he cared for Abraham and Co., and listened to them. He came out with bread, wine and a blessing. The bread offers endurance and strength. The wine gladdens the heart, i.e., cheers them up.
The blessing … A definition of “to bless” is: “to bestow something that promotes or contributes to another’s well being, happiness and prosperity.” Interestedly the root of the Hebrew word is “to kneel.” We cannot undo the circumstances of another’s journey, or take away its pain. But we can help them out in real ways and point them to the One who is the source of all blessings. We may not be able to show another the way, but we can reflect and show them Jesus. And bless them good …