Walking Billboards

Pete Peterson’s first contact with Vietnam was in the Vietnam War. During a bombing raid in 1966, his plane was shot down and he was taken prisoner. Over 30 years later he returned as US Ambassador to Vietnam. One press article called him “a walking billboard for reconciliation.” He realized years ago that God had not saved his life for him to live in anger. Because he believed this, he used the rest of his life and his position to make a difference by pushing for better safety standards for children in Vietnam.

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Is There Hope?

I sat quietly at the graveside of my father, waiting for the private family burial of my mother to begin. The funeral director carried the urn that held her ashes. My heart felt numb and my head was in a fog. How can I handle losing them both within just 3 months? In my grief I felt loss and loneliness and a little hopeless facing a future without them.

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Life-Giving Rain

During the August heat of 1891, R. G. Dyrenforth arrived in Midland, Texas, determined to blast rain from the sky. Known as a “concussionist,” he and his team launched and detonated huge balloons filled with explosive gases, fired cannons, and exploded piles of dynamite on the ground—shaking both earth and sky. Some believed he made it rain a little, but most said all he caused was noise. The explosive power was impressive but ineffective.

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Example That Encourages

The story is told that in the late 1800s a group of European pastors attended D. L. Moody’s Bible conference in Massachusetts. Following their custom, they put their shoes outside their room before they slept, expecting them to be cleaned by hotel workers. When Moody saw the shoes, he mentioned the need to others because he knew their custom. But he was met with silence. Moody collected all the shoes and cleaned them himself. A friend who made an unexpected visit to his room revealed what Moody had done. The word spread, and the next few nights others took turns doing the cleaning.

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Power Of Simplicity

Few people take time to study the US Internal Revenue Service income tax regulations—and for good reason. According to Forbes magazine, in 2013 tax codes surpassed the four million-word mark. In fact, the tax laws have become so complex that even the experts have a hard time processing all the regulations. It’s burdensome in its complexity.

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Holy, Holy, Holy

“Time flies when you’re having fun.” This cliché has no basis in fact, but experience makes it seem true.

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Finding God’s Pathway

The Channel Tunnel opened on May 6, 1994, nearly two centuries after it was first proposed in 1802 by Napoleon’s engineer, Albert Mathieu. Today the 31-mile passage beneath the English Channel allows thousands of people, cars, and trucks to travel by train each day between England and France. For centuries, people had sailed across the Channel until this surprising new way to go under it was completed.

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The Upright Thumb

According to an African fable, four fingers and a thumb lived together on a hand. They were inseparable friends. One day, they noticed a gold ring lying next to them and conspired to take it. The thumb said it would be wrong to steal the ring, but the four fingers called him a self-righteous coward and refused to be his friend. That was just fine with the thumb; he wanted nothing to do with their mischief. This is why, the legend goes, the thumb still stands separate from the other fingers.

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Difficult People

In the book God in the Dock, author C. S. Lewis describes the kind of people we have trouble getting along with. Selfishness, anger, jealousy, or other quirks often sabotage our relationship with them. We sometimes think, Life would be much easier if we didn’t have to contend with such difficult people.

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Broken But Beautiful

Recently, my daughter showed me her collection of sea glass. Also known as beach glass, the varied bits of colored glass are sometimes pieces of pottery but often they are pieces of shattered glass bottles. Originally the glass had a purpose, but then it was casually thrown away and became broken.

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23 thoughts on “Broken But Beautiful

  1. marshapriskila says:

    This devotion shows me that God never leaves us no matter how many times we made mistakes. Praise the Lord! God bless you all <3

  2. everglo says:

    August 6, 2014
    the potter
    Thank you Lord for molding me into the vessel that you want me to be. May You daily mold me into what I should be. For you to do this I need to be moldable. Thou art the Potter I am the clay.

  3. hope.more says:

    i don’t know if i completely missed the point of the passage or not. Indeed, the devotion is a nice read and all the comments and I agree that we are being fashioned by God everyday. But I think, the passage does not in any way compare the glass being fashioned by the Potter to an individual – not even the whole people of Israel. Contextually, the glasses are the plans of God. In the succeeding verses, (Jer 18:11) it says, “Look, I am fashioning evil against you and making a plan”. Anyway, the devotion and the comments is still a good read :)

  4. sandy229 says:

    Praise God for today’s devotion. God bless you all.

  5. xs says:

    I went on YouTube to refresh how a potter handles the was amazing to watch…. thinking to myself that this is how God holds and molds us soo carefully and what is even more amazing is the end product. I will continue to trust my Potter….and I encourage you all to do the same. Amen

  6. godsgirlkarin says:

    We are never too badly broken for God to reshape. He loves us in spite of our imperfections and past mistakes, and He desires to make us beautiful. I love this.

  7. acquayegh says:

    Thank you for your comments. I do appreciate them.
    As you clearly indicated by His Love for us in creating us in His own image, He has given us the freedom to choose our response to any stimulus using His free gift of self-awareness, imagination, conscience and independent will.
    As “clay”, therefore, with a difference in God’s hands, we as believers and even those in unbelieving status should indeed stop frustrating God in molding us to live right. We need to “believe the gospel right” though in order to “live right.”
    You put it in a better perspective as “Unlike the clay, we get to decide whether or not we will cooperate with the Potter. We soon learn that it suits us not to resist Him. After all, He is not the only one who benefits from our beauty. We do.” Thank you. And to all contributors and Our Daily Bread team – Have a Christ Centered Day.

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