Posts Tagged ‘choices’

Read: Galatians 6:1-10

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In the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England, the devastation of generations of enslaved men, women, and children is remembered.  The price innocent people have paid for the greed of others is horrific-but theirs is not the only cost.  Engraved in a wall of the museum is a profound observation made by Frederick Douglass, former slave and crusader for human rights, which reads, “No man can put a chain about the ankle of his fellow man without at last finding the other end fastened about his own neck.”

In the act of dehumanizing others, we dehumanize ourselves.  The apostle Paul put it another way when he wrote, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7). Paul’s words form a stark reminder to us that our choices have consequences- and that includes how we choose to treat others.  When we choose to hate, that hate can return to us in the form of consequences that we can never fully prepare for.  We can find ourselves alienated from others, angry with ourselves, and hamstrung in our ability to serve Christ effectively.

Instead, let’s choose “not [to] grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap…As we have opportunity, let us do good to all” (vv.9-10). – Bill Crowder

Sowing seeds of greed and hatred reaps corruption, loss, and pain; but if we sow love and kindness, we will reap eternal gain. – Sper

 The seed we sow today determine the kind of fruit we’ll reap tomorrow.

[Source: Our Daily Bread, 28 December 2013]

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Read: Colossians 2:1-10

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Imagine being given a bowl of sand containing tiny particles of iron, and you are told to remove the iron from the sand.  You have two choices. You can pull your fingers through the sand, searching for specks of iron but finding very few.  Or you can pull a magnet through the sand and watch it attract countless bits of irons.Magnet pulling iron filings out of sulphur

Like the fingers in the sand, the grumbling heart finds very few mercies.  But as the grateful heart moves through life, it finds countless blessings, just as the magnet finds iron.

Of all the choices we make in life, few affect us more powerfully than our choice between gratitude and grumbling.  An honest look at our lives will reveal which choice we have made.  If it’s grumbling, we probably see few blessings.  If it’s gratitude, we do not find only innumerable blessings- them seem to find us!

gratitudePaul taught that a heart overflowing with thankfulness comes from being grounded in faith (Col. 2:7). In Philippians, he pled with the believers, even repeating himself: “Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I will say rejoice!” (4:4). Which choice have you made? grumblingGrumbling or gratitude? Grumbling over looks blessings, but gratitude finds blessings everywhere – even in dry and sandy places! – Joanie Yoder

A grumbling mood of discontent gives way to thankfulness when we consider all God’s gifts and all that we possess. – Sper

With a little practice, anyone can master the art of thankfulness.

[Source: Daily Bread. 21 December 2012]