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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A Shared Bond

When I needed a locksmith to get into my car, I had a pleasant surprise. After he arrived and began opening my little Ford’s door, we began chatting and I recognized his warm, familiar accent.

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Family Trademarks

The Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland, are known for their beautiful sweaters. Patterns are woven into the fabric using sheep’s wool to craft the garments. Many of them relate to the culture and folklore of these small islands, but some are more personal. Each family on the islands has its own trademark pattern, which is so distinctive that if a fisherman were to drown it is said that he could be identified simply by examining his sweater for the family trademark.

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Looking For Zacchaeus

Alf Clark walks the city streets looking for Zacchaeus. Well, not the actual one in the Bible—Jesus already found him. Alf and some friends who serve with an urban ministry do what Jesus did in Luke 19. They go purposefully through town to meet with and help those in need.

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Small Ways In Small Places

Often I meet with people who serve in what they think are seemingly small ways in small places. They are frequently discouraged by loneliness, feeling that their acts of service are insignificant. When I hear them speak, I think of one of the angels in C. S. Lewis’ book Out of the Silent Planet. He said: “My people have a law never to speak of sizes or numbers to you. . . . It makes you do reverence to nothings and pass by what is really great.”

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“No Grace”

I have nicknamed our car “No Grace.” Sunday mornings are the worst. I load the car with all the stuff I need for church, get myself in my seat, close the door, and Jay starts backing out of the garage. While I am still getting settled, the seat belt warning starts buzzing. “Please,” I say to it, “all I need is another minute.” The answer, apparently, is no, because it continues buzzing until I am buckled in.

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Focus On The Process

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

In William Zinsser’s book On Writing Well, he says that many writers suffer from “the tyranny of the final product.” They are so concerned with selling their article or book, they neglect learning the process of how to think, plan, and organize. A jumbled manuscript, Zinsser believes, is produced when “the writer, his eye on the finish line, never gave enough thought to how to run the race.”

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Do No Harm

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

Many consider the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates as the father of Western medicine. He understood the importance of following moral principles in the practice of medicine, and is credited with writing the Hippocratic Oath, which still serves as an ethical guide for today’s medical doctors. One key concept of the oath is “to do no harm.” It implies that a physician will do only what he thinks will benefit his patients.

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Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

A recent study that I read concluded that smiling can be good for your health. Research shows that smiling slows down the heart and reduces stress.

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The World’s Children

Our Daily Bread Cover June 2014

After a group of high schoolers visited an orphanage during a ministry trip, one student was visibly upset. When asked why, he said it reminded him of his own situation 10 years earlier.

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9 thoughts on “The World’s Children

  1. edwinpadilla says:

    On a personal note in my first marriage she was a ward of the state in NY, an orphan. She attended Catholic school and was quite gifted but her emotional state, well we didn’t make it as a married couple. Coming from a big family my hope was I could provide the family she never had, but to no avail due to the dysfunction in my own family. In spite of all of this God never leaves us or forsakes us. Today she lives nearby to our son, and he too has come to terms with his spiritual life. So there’s always hope especially for these little innocent victims of circumstances.

  2. princessdee says:

    Lord, pls give me the grace to be able to adopt my late cousin’s son soon.Lord, you know I desire it, please bless and empower me so that I can be a blessing to this little one, amen.

  3. godsword says:

    Sometimes I thought of how life would be if I was an orphan. I thank God that I’m not!


  4. xs says:

    let the Lord have his way in your heart, allow Him to reveal things that you are not able to see. Be willing and open. God richly bless you all,never forget what we are about, let’s play our part.
    God bless our daily bread ministry

  5. sgvaughan says:

    Every person on this earth is a “child” of God. “Whatever you do for the least of these you do for me”. God help us to find you in every person we meet. May every one of your children find a need and then meet a need for someone today.

  6. neetavg says:

    But Jesus called them to Him and said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. (Luke 18:16 NKJV)
    Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. (Psalms 127:3 NKJV)
    Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV)
    Hope we invest in their lives.

  7. eternallyhis says:

    Amen to every word you wrote. And to think, if we find it hard, even impossible for us to love someone, we can ask God and He will give us His Supernatural Love for any and all people He brings into our lives or sends us out to meet. God is our source. Praise Jesus Christ our Lord.

  8. boilers says:

    Wonderful post Robif.

  9. robif says:

    It is so very wonderful that Jesus commands us to “love the little children”, as being vunerable in their innocence they need all the love and protection they can get from God’s big children, the adult disciples. It is so right to say that we all can play a role in helping Jesus to love, protet and nurture them in his ways. Let us remember that we are all ‘God’s children’ and that we should treat everyone with the love God has granted us through His amazing grace. Mother Theresa was once asked how she delt so lovingly with the those so acututely and grotesquely inflicted with leprosy and she responded, ‘I just see Jesus in every one of them’. Something to be learned for each one of us I believe, seeing Jesus in All God’s children; the little and old children, the big children of God, the saved and the unsaved. Let us see Jesus in them all and love them as Jesus would have us do.

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