Keeping Darkness At Bay

In J. R. R. Tolkien’s book The Hobbit, the wizard Gandalf explains why he has selected a small hobbit like Bilbo to accompany the dwarves to fight the enemy. He says, “Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

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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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The Parable Of The Sting

I can still see Jay Elliott’s shocked face as I burst through his front door almost 50 years ago with a “gang” of bees swirling around me. As I raced out his back door, I realized the bees were gone. Well, sort of—I’d left them in Jay’s house! Moments later, he came racing out his back door—chased by the bees I had brought to him.

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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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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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