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I got this in my email the other day and thought I’d share it with you……

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible.  His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do? ”

The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.”

The boy did as he was told; even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, ‘You will have to move a little faster next time,’ and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was ‘impossible to carry water in a basket,’ and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, ‘I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water.

You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,’ and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, ‘See Papa, it’s useless!’

“So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.”
The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it was clean.

“Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.”

Moral of the wicker basket story: Take time to read a portion of God’s word each day; it will affect you for good even if you don’t retain a word.

Thought for Today: Gods Love is like the ocean, you can see its beginnings but not its end.


God is  more concerned about your heart than your brain.

 

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When other people are blessed, are you happy for them, or do you become envious of their blessing?  Maybe you say “I’m so glad you were able to buy a new car.”  But inside you think “Why can’t we get a new car?  It must be nice to be able to afford a new car.”

Or maybe it’s focusing on another person…..”She’s losing a lot of weight, I wish I could lose more weight.”  or “I wish my hair looked that nice.”  or “I wish I could sing like she does.”  “I wish I had a house like their house.”

God tells us to keep our eyes off of other people and on Him.  Why?  Because when we look at other people and the things they have, we begin to covet, we stop being content and we wish we had someone else’s possessions, family, life, house, car………..you can even be jealous about another person’s attitude, personality and characteristics. 

When friends tell me that they are getting married, buying a new house, having a baby, or got a promotion, I am genuinely happy for them.  I thank God for blessing the people in my life with such wonderful gifts, and I guess I thought that’s what you are supposed to do. 

I know a woman who focuses SO much on other people that she isn’t content with ANYTHING that she has.  When she sees that someone has a new outfit, she has to go out that week and buy the same outfit.  When she sees that someone is losing weight, she becomes so depressed that she isn’t losing weight and starts gaining weight.  When her friends are blessed with things, she has to have a new house built, and buy newer and more expensive cars.  She is so focused on other people that she gets jealous of other people’s friends, their service to God, their talents, their families, their spiritual life.

It’s really very sad.  She is looking for happiness in all the wrong places.  She has become so focused on other people that she becomes angry when other people are blessed with things.

When other people are blessed, we should be happy for them, and not focused on the person, but on the God who blesses us all with life, breath, family, friends, talents, and everything we posses.

God has made us all individually, you are never going to “look” like someone else, sing like someone else, have someone else’s personality, talents, gifts, or posessions, and the point isn’t to be like someone else.  Our purpose as Christians is to be like Christ.

It’s hard work to loose weight, so don’t be jealous of someone who’s losing weight, praise them for their hard work, recognize the discipline and work that’s gone into losing the weight.

It’s hard work to play an instrument, or be a vocalist, so instead of becoming jealous of someone who you think is better than you are at playing an instrument or singing, thank God for the talent He has given to that person and for the talents He has given to you.

It’s hard work to be a single mom, so instead of being jealous of the good things that happen to her, thank God for giving her His Grace and Strength to make it through her journey.

It’s hard work to operate a business, so instead of being envious of people you know who own their own business, recognize the work they’ve put into it and thank God for blessing them and giving them wisdom in their endeavor.

It’s hard work to be patient, to be forgiving, to have a servant’s heart, to give selflessly, to love God wholeheartedly, to develop and use talents for God, so instead of wishing you were that person, thank God for putting that person into your life, and ask Him to continue to conform you into His image. 

We are reminded by Paul that it’s not wise to compare ourselves with other people…….we have to keep our focus on the Creator, the the creatures. 

When we focus on God and what He wants us to be doing, we’re not going to be focused on other people, we’re not going to be trying to keep up with them, we’re not going to be jealous of them.

When we focus on God, so many things are no longer an issue……anger, worry, depression, fear, forgiveness, covetousness, jealousy, bitterness, comparing ourselves, jealousy, doubt, anxiety……

“Lord, keep my focus on You.”

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