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FYI’s from God

No matter where we are, how long we have been here, or bad we want to hold on, change is necessary for growth. Before you get the pink slip – from a job, a relationship, or from the doctor – make sure you’ve been paying attention to God’s FYI’s. Oftentimes we are guilty of ignoring or deleting those messages because we don’t want to hear what they are telling us – because we can’t imagine or don’t believe in anything better for ourselves.

In the world we live in, before we sign our name to any contract it behooves us to go over every detail in every line – especially the fine print. God’s contract is a little different. He hands you a blank contract and asks you to sign it. Only after you sign it will He fill out the rest. If you can’t sign it, you can’t ride with Him.

When Moses brought the children of Israel to the Promised Land, God basically told him that the land of milk and honey wasn’t for him. Moses had done the job he was commissioned to do and was supposed to spend the rest of his days communing with God in the mountain. Now Moses was naturally upset, but he had to, upon reflection, realize the great blessings God had bestowed upon him – and that the journey for him wasn’t over yet.

When we get to that place where we recognize who God is and what He has done for us, we can trust in Him completely, no matter what. I believe Martin Luther King, Jr. arrived at that place the last time he gave his “I have a dream” speech. We should all be so blessed. We are not the message, but the messengers. The plan is not ours but God’s. If we count ourselves obedient, then we sign that contract – agreeing to do His will for His glory and not our own.

If we sign that contract, committing ourselves to Him, it doesn’t mean we are perfect. It doesn’t mean we are holier than anyone else. It only means that we have agreed to be used by Him, and are committed to that. Along the way God will give us little nuggets, feedback, encouragement – or FYI’s – to let us know if we are on the right path or if we have strayed. If we ignore them, the lessons are harder than we can imagine. If we heed them, even if the change we must make is difficult, we will arrive in a better place as a consequence of our obedience.

There is a saying that every cloud has a silver lining. Another way of putting it is that all things work for the good for those who love the Lord. Whether you have your pink slip already, or one is coming down the pike, know that nothing is permanent. All things last for but a season. More important than the circumstance is the lesson it is meant to teach. Get the lesson while it’s there for the getting, and move on when it’s time. Do you know what time it is? Check your messages. I’m sure you’ve got a few FYI’s.

Twinkies & Root Beer

A little boy wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of Root Beer and he started his journey.

When he had gone about three blocks, he met an elderly man. The man was sitting in the park just feeding some pigeons.

The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the man looked hungry, so he offered him a Twinkie.

The man gratefully accepted it and smiled at boy. His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered him a root beer.

Again, the man smiled at him. The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word.

As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and he got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the man, and gave him a hug. The man gave him his biggest smile ever.

When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face. She asked him, “What did you do today that made you so happy?

“He replied, “I had lunch with God.” But before his mother could respond, he added, “You know what? God’s got the most beautiful smile I’ve ever seen!”

Meanwhile, the elderly man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home. His son was stunned by the look of peace on his face and he asked,” Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?”

He replied, “I ate Twinkies in the park with God.” However, before his son responded, he added,” You know, he’s much younger than I expected.”

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Embrace all equally!

~author unknown~

The ant and the contact lens

Brenda was almost halfway to the top of the tremendous granite cliff. She was standing on a ledge where she was taking a breather during this, her first rock climb. As she rested there, the safety rope snapped against her eye and knocked out her contact lens . ‘Great’, she thought. ‘Here I am on a rock ledge, hundreds of feet from the bottom and hundreds of feet to the top of this cliff, and now my sight is blurry.’

She looked and looked, hoping that somehow it had landed on the ledge. But it just wasn’t there.

She felt the panic rising in her, so she began praying. She prayed for calm, and she prayed that she may find her contact lens.

When she got to the top, a friend examined her eye and her clothing for the lens, but it was not to be found. Although she was calm now that she was at the top, she was saddened because she could not clearly see across the range of mountains. She thought of the bible verse ‘The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth.’

She thought, ‘Lord, You can see all these mountains. You know every stone and leaf, and You know exactly where my contact lens is. Please help me.’

Later, when they had hiked down the trail to the bottom of the cliff they met another party of climbers just starting up the face of the cliff. One of them shouted out, ‘Hey, you guys! Anybody lose a contact lens?’

Well, that would be startling enough, but you know why the climber saw it? An ant was moving slowly across a twig on the face of the rock, carrying it!

The story doesn’t end there. Brenda’s father is a cartoonist. When she told him the incredible story of the ant, the prayer, and the contact lens, he drew a cartoon of an ant lugging that contact lens with the caption, ‘Lord, I don’t know why You want me to carry this thing. I can’t eat it, and it’s awfully heavy. But if this is what You want me to do, I’ll carry it for You.’

I think it would do all of us some good to say, ‘God, I don’t know why You want me to carry this load. I can see no good in it and it’s awfully heavy. But, if You want me to carry it, I will.’

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called!

Yes, I do love GOD. He is my source of existence and my Savior. He keeps me functioning each and every day Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him….I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

(Phil. 4:13)

Imagine

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air.

You name them – work, family, health, friends, and spirit – and you’re keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same.

You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.

– Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola Enterprises from 1959-1994

“Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle”.