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Timely Words

You may have heard the adage, “Timing is everything.” According to the Bible, good timing applies to our words and speech too. Think of a time when God used you to bring a timely word to refresh someone, or when you wanted to speak, but it was wiser for you to remain silent.

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A Sanctuary

Entering a church in Klang, Malaysia, I was intrigued by the sign welcoming us into the building. It declared the place to be “A Sanctuary for the Heavy Laden.”

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The Power To Change

Educator and best-selling author Tony Wagner is a firm believer in “disruptive innovation” that changes the way the world thinks and works. In his book Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, he says, “Innovation occurs in every aspect of human endeavor,” and “most people can become more creative and innovative—given the right environment and opportunities.”

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The Lesson Of The Hula Hoop

One of my favorite childhood toys is making a comeback—the hula hoop. My friend Suzi and I spent hours on the front lawn perfecting our technique and competing to see which of us could keep a hoop circling our waist longer. This year I relived that part of my childhood. While sitting in a park, I watched as children of all ages and sizes tried their hardest to keep hula hoops from falling to the ground. They twisted and turned with all their strength, but despite their exertion the hoops landed on the ground. Then a young woman picked up a hoop. With hardly any motion, she moved it smoothly and rhythmically up and down from her waist to her shoulders and back to her waist. Her success depended on strategic movement, not vigorous motion.

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What Do You Expect?

In C. S. Lewis’ book God in the Dock, he wrote: “Imagine a set of people all living in the same building. Half of them think it is a hotel, the other half think it is a prison. Those who think it a hotel might regard it as quite intolerable, and those who thought it was a prison might decide that it was really surprisingly comfortable.” Lewis cleverly used this contrast between a hotel and a prison to illustrate how we view life based on our expectations. He says, “If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable; think of it as a place of training and correction and it’s not so bad.”

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Learn To Wait On God

Cha Sa-soon, a 69-year-old Korean woman, finally received her driving license after 3 years of trying to pass the written test. She wanted the license so she could take her grandchildren to the zoo.

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Fly The Flag

Queen Elizabeth II has reigned over the British Empire for more than 60 years. Her monarchy has been characterized by grace and class. She has diligently given her life to serve her people well, and as a result she is deeply loved and highly revered. So, you can understand the importance of the flag flying above Buckingham Palace. When the flag is flying, it means that she is in residence in the heart of London. The flag is a public statement that the queen is present with her people.

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A Faithful Helper

As a young boy, my father had to deliver slop to hungry pigs on the farm where he grew up. He hated this job because the hogs would knock him over when he entered their pen. This task might have been impossible except for a faithful helper who accompanied my dad—a German shepherd named Sugarbear. She would maneuver herself between my father and the pigs and hold them back until my dad finished his chore.

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Pink Sheep

While traveling on a road from Glasgow to Edinburgh, Scotland, I was enjoying the beautiful, pastoral countryside when a rather humorous sight captured my attention. There, on a small hilltop, was a rather large flock of pink sheep.

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Disposable Culture

More than ever, we live in a disposable culture. Think for a minute about some of the things that are made to be thrown away—razors, water bottles, lighters, paper plates, plastic eating utensils. Products are used, tossed, and then replaced.

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22 thoughts on “Disposable Culture

  1. guineafoot says:

    Once again, the word of the Psalms reminds us that through a disposable world, God’s people stand still with his mercy forever. Once we embrace that, there’s nothing too hard for God, or for us, why? Because his mercy endures forever, he promises us that he will never leave, why? Because his mercy endures forever

  2. greekglory says:

    Thank you for all these wonderful comments

  3. bondserve says:

    “Life has a way of letting us down—disappointing us. We cannot depend upon the things of this world. Things change. People lie. They are not always faithful. The market crashes. We get sick, or our dreams burn up in a blazing fire.

    Yet there is one who never changes. The Lord is always faithful. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. God’s word remains steadfast amidst the changing tides. He never has to recant what He has spoken. God and His word are immutable, remaining reliable through all of life’s stormy circumstances.

    When we place our faith in God’s promises, we have a hope which can never be dashed against the rocks of disappointment”

    (From the devotional book, “Meet Him on the Mountain”, Page 63 & 64)

  4. ibitoytey says:

    Forever and ever HE would be my GOD

  5. browill says:

    Thank you FATHER GOD for being the same yesterday, today and forever…..

  6. meff says:

    Thanks be to God that his love is for ever and his mercies made new everyday. Why should we worry about anything if we already have a Provider that owns everything. Not only does he own it he can make it and create new things.

  7. meff says:

    Disposable Commitments

    Because we live in a disposable culture we tent to see commitment as disposable too. Committing to one spouse, one job, one God is no longer the norm. From the example of Fortune magazine, 25 years olds tend to see money the as ultimate goal of this life. They rather sacrifice family and relationships and friendships than see their money go away. They would trust in money rather than trust in God. They would sacrifice their stable job for a higher paying one in a heart beat. Everything becomes disposable.

    1. bondserve says:

      So true Meff. And this type of mind-set and motivation that you describe is a trap for a plethora of people all across the globe. They need to hear that contentment, satisfaction and joy and peace are found in Christ Jesus alone.

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