Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is another cool day that the Lord has made and we will be glad and rejoice in it! When I stepped outside this morning, I could feel the cool air and was surprised that it was not as cold as I thought. I didn't want to leave the cozy bed because I thought it was colder than it is!
But the stars were glittering through the puffy clouds and shining in the darkness, so all is well.
As I drove into the Park yesterday, Terry was standing beside a huge truck talking with the supervisor who did the work on rebuilding the boardwalk, so I stopped and we greeted each other. He always asks me where I've been and I always tell him he is the one missing, because I am there every day!
There weren't too many people on the boardwalk, just a few tourists and a runner, who cheerfully greeted everyone she passed. I enjoyed the wind on my face to cool me down, and watched a tiny wren flitting around the colorful azaleas. The azaleas are really pretty this year at the Park, They usually trim them so far down that they don't bloom much, but God is Good!
From the book, Quiet Moments:
A Cork's Influence
"Let us behave decently, as in the daytime clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 13:13-14
A tour group passed through a particular room in a factory. They viewed an elongated bar of steel, which weighed five hundred pounds, suspended vertically by a chain. Near it, an average size cork was suspended by a silk thread.
The attendant told the group they would shortly see something seemingly impossible. She said the cork was going to set the steel bar in motion.
She took the cork in her hand, pulled it only slightly to the side of its original position, and released it. The cork swung gently against the steel bark, which remained motionless.
For ten minutes the cork struck the iron bar. Finally the bar vibrated slightly. By the time the tour group passed through the room an hour later, the great bar was swinging like the pendulum of a clock!
Many of us feel we are not exerting a feather's weight of influence upon others or making a dent in the bastions of evil in the world. No so! Sometimes we don't realize how powerful the cumulative influence of God's goodness, which we walk in, is to those around us.
Not everyone is called to spread the love of Jesus through the pulpit, on the evangelistic trail, or in a full time counseling ministry., Most of us are called to live our lives as "corks", through word and example - quietly, gently tapping away through the work of our daily lives. Tap by loving tap, in God's time, even the quietest Christian can make a huge difference in the lives of those whom preachers may never reach.
As you go about your day today, remember that even a smile can warm a person's heart and draw them to Jesus.
The greatest thing a man can do for his heavenly Father is to be kind to some of his other children.
I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving,. joy and love!
Love and hugs,