It was a simple glance at a thermos bottle.
My husband had brought in from the car. I’ve seen it countless times, filled it with steaming coffee and rinsed it out at the sink after each use. Why was this time any different? Today, it brought back memories of Dad. He carried a lunch box and thermos of coffee with him to work. I didn’t see an everyday thermos; I saw yesterday with Dad.
I do not live in the past; yet God paints my present with deep memories of days gone by. In His mercy, God removes most painful memories of regret. In their place, He sends the lingering smile of my sister Donna, Mom’s voice in long-distance calls or Dad welcoming me home at the kitchen screen door.
Lest we forget, scriptures contain many references to memorials and remembrance.
“And He took bread, gave thanks, broke it, gave it to them, and said, ‘This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me. In the same way He also took the cup after supper and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant established by My blood; it is shed for you (Luke 22:19-20 HCS).”
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‘Giving credit, where credit is due’ is good advice.
If someone does something worthy of praise, he or she deserves recognition. Too often, I notice poor service at a fast food restaurant but fail to thank a courteous and timely clerk.
In churches, members of the congregation volunteer their time and talent; through their efforts, the work of ministry and outreach continues. Do I offer encouragement and hugs or simply take their faithfulness for granted? I am sorry to say I fail in consistently giving credit where credit is due.
My primary goal is to give God the credit for all He has done.
“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life (Titus 3:4-7 NKJ).”
Can you keep a secret?
Are you able to ‘zip it?’
We are wise to keep some things we have heard to ourselves; God’s works and wonders do not make that list.
“We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done (Psalms 78:4 KJV).”
My teachers at Fayetteville-Manlius Elementary School
taught me the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. They also gave instruction on the proper way to write personal and business letters. Before days of e-mail and facebook, I enjoyed writing and receiving letters. Those from family and friends were especially meaningful to me. I cherish a letter from my Grandpa Ford.
Grandma had died a few years earlier at the age of 86. He mourned her passing and passed long hours in his rocker on the back screened in porch, where side-by-side they had spent so many times together. Then alone and lonely, he penned a letter to me, his middle granddaughter. With trembling hand and bold letters he wrote, ‘Dear Pammy’…
Apostle Paul also used big letters when preparing a letter. Some commentary writers say that he likely suffered with a serious eye condition; [his ‘thorn in the flesh’] while others say he used bold letters for special emphasis. I do not know but his readers received his love when reading between the lines.
“Look at what large letters I have written to you in my own handwriting (Galatians 6:11 HCS).”
To be politically correct…
Politicians tag people who are not progressive or conservative as moderates. Please note progressive has replaced the label of liberal. Moderates tend to be less set in their ways; either of the two main political parties can sway their minds to vote in their favor.
I’m in favor of recognizing many moderates as what they are, non-committal. They prefer to take the middle of the road. They are not for or against the issue in question.
We cannot take that stand when faced with a question with eternal consequences.
“Anyone who is not with Me is against Me, and anyone who does not gather with Me scatters (Matthew 12:30 HCS).”
PUTTING YOUR MONEY TO WORK FOR YOU
Financial advisers do just that; they give their customers financial advice.
It would make a fabulous animated commercial. I picture little dollar bills donning overhauls and hardhats. Their owner equips them with hoes, shovels and axes before scurrying them out the front door.
There is great empowerment through my afflictions; they work for me, not against me.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJ).”
‘Whistle while it works!’