Monday, January 19, 2009

True Value

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Well, when I stepped outside in the dark this morning, I was surprised to discover that it had rained during the night! Everything was wet and shiny in the streetlights. The moon was a brilliant crescent, though, and it is much warmer than yesterday. Yay!

We saw a beautiful sight in the Park yesterday... a flock of ibis, a tri-colored heron, and an anhinga were all gathered on the side of the weir and reflected in the water. It was beautiful. We saw peacocks on the way in, as usual, enjoying looking at themselves. God is faithful!

From Quiet Moments for Teachers:

The last will be first, and the first will be last.
Matthew 20:16

It is always good to remind ourselves of our relative place in society. If we are on top, we need to remember we can soon be at the bottom. If we perceive ourselves as at the bottom, we need to know that in God's order we are among "the first."

In The Finishing Touch, Chuck Swindoll raises the issue of perceived significance by asking about the people behind these Christian greats:

Who taught Martin Luther His theology and inspired his translation of the New Testament?

Who visited with Dwight L. Moody at a shoe store and spoke to him about Christ?

Who was the elderly woman who prayed faithfully for Billy Graham for over twenty years?

Who found the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Who discipled George Mueller and snatched him form a sinful lifestyle?

We may not achieve the fame and recognition from people that we would like to have in this life, but God doesn't call us to be well known or admired. He calles us to be faithful to Him in whatever situation we find ourselves. When we are, we can see more clearly when he promotes us and gives us favor with others.

He who knows himself best esteems himself least.
Henry George Bohn

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!
Love and hugs,