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My Friends And I

John Chrysostom (347–407), archbishop of Constantinople, said this about friendship: “Such is friendship, that through it we love places and seasons; for as . . . flowers drop their sweet leaves on the ground around them, so friends impart favor even to the places where they dwell.”

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Snake In A Box

At a nature center, I watched my friend’s rosy-cheeked toddler pat the side of a large glass box. Inside the box, a bull snake named Billy slithered slowly, eyeing the little girl. Billy’s body was as thick as my forearm and he sported brown and yellow markings. Although I knew Billy could not escape from his container, seeing a menacing-looking creature so close to a small child made me shudder.

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Our Life Is A Primer

The New England Primer was published in the late 1600s. Throughout the colonies that would later become the United States, the book became a widely used resource.

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Happy Ending

In its “plot,” the story of the Bible ends up very much where it began. The broken relationship between God and human beings has healed over at last, and the curse of Genesis 3 is lifted. Borrowing images from Eden, Revelation pictures a river and a tree of life (Rev. 22:1-2). But this time a great city replaces the garden setting—a city filled with worshipers of God. No death or sadness will ever darken that scene. When we awake in the new heaven and new earth, we will have at last a happy ending.

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Amani

Amani, which means “peace” in Swahili, is the name of a Labrador retriever pup that has some special friends. Amani lives with two young cheetahs at the Dallas Zoo. Zoologists placed the animals together so the cheetahs could learn Amani’s relaxed ways. Since dogs are generally at ease in public settings, the experts predict that Amani will be a “calming influence” in the cheetahs’ lives as they grow up together.

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Hope In Suffering

When I opened my Bible to read Jeremiah 1 through 4, the subhead ascribed to the book startled me: “Hope in Time of Weeping.” I almost cried. The timing was perfect, as I was walking through a season of weeping over the death of my mom.

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Oranges Or Milk?

When I told my young daughter that a 3-month-old baby boy was coming to our house for a visit, she was delighted. With a child’s sense of hospitality, she suggested that we share some of our food with the baby; she thought he might enjoy a juicy orange from the bowl on our kitchen counter. I explained that the baby could drink only milk, but that he might like oranges when he was older.

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Multiply It

Amy had battled cancer for 5 years. Then the doctor told her that the treatments were failing and she had just a few weeks to live. Wanting some understanding and assurance about eternity, Amy asked her pastor, “What will heaven be like?”

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What Love Is

Years ago I asked a young man who was engaged to be married, “How do you know that you love her?” It was a loaded question, intended to help him look at his heart’s motives for the upcoming marriage. After several thoughtful moments, he responded, “I know I love her because I want to spend the rest of my life making her happy.”

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Tiny Island

Singapore is a tiny island. It’s so small that one can hardly spot it on the world map. (Try it, if you don’t already know where Singapore is.) Because it is densely populated, consideration of others is especially important. A man wrote to his fiancée who was coming to Singapore for the first time: “Space is limited. Therefore . . . you must always have that sense of space around you. You should always step aside to ensure you are not blocking anyone. The key is to be considerate.”

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18 thoughts on “Tiny Island

  1. trooperx says:

    bishop1974 Your posting is good food for the soul. I asked God & Jesus to make me be reminded of this food for today & the rest of my life!! our posting summed up today’s message!! So k=now I have to imagine the person next to me as well as God, Jesus & The Holy Spirit in actuality before I say something slanderous or stupid about someone. Thank You!! God Bless You!!

  2. cindydavid says:

    My 10-year-old daughter keeps complaining about how terribly annoying her friend is. Day in, day out she talks non-stop about her and sometimes likes to skip school because of her. I have to step in and teach her how to be honest with her friend without being rude and encourage her to ask God to help her friend, too. I need to remind her that in this tiny world we live in, God wants us to love people no matter how annoying they can be. This message Tiny Island is a must-read!

  3. bernard stephen says:

    The message has caught my attention and challenged me recently. I couldn’t place myself in any satisfactory standard. Yes the saying is true that we are the Bible people read easily! My witness is as strong as my character is correct. If I am not considerate, or am rude or not gentle, then I cannot bear the name of the meek Lamb who gave Himself for me to live eternally!
    Thank you for reminding me and I am shaken a bit, but plead the Lord’s grace to strengthen me in His Spirit to be careful to obey Him!
    Thank you for this inspiring devotional. It’s a wake up call!

  4. nanxi says:

    Though he is everything to me, I feel like I am not doing much in preaching Jesus. I wish I can be more involved with my church and other Christian community

  5. poohpity says:

    If I consider others as better than myself not in a self abasement(false humility) sort of way but in a self-abnegating way, a willingness to get my hands dirty in the best interest of another. Laying aside my rights for the rights of another.

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