The beginning of the Exodus of Israel from Egypt is an interesting study of the Israelites of then and the Christians of today. The Israelites had spent many years in cruel servitude, and had constantly prayed to God for deliverance. God eventually sent Moses to lead them out.
They had not gone very far before they began to murmur and complain against the leader, whom God had chosen for them. They questioned his motives, criticized his methods and doubted his purpose.
Instead of arguing with the people or trying to explain, Moses turned aside to council with God. It was here Moses received the admonition from God: “Speak to the children of Israel that they go forward.”
No human mind can fully estimate the value and importance of the spoken word. It serves to inspire and discourage, to wound and to heal, to lift up as well as crush; in fact many a bright day has been clouded by the spoken word.
Since words play such an important part in the life of each individual, is it not important that we at least choose our words well? It is most certainly the responsibility of every Christian that his admonition be Godly.
Remember, ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck.’ One day a man hopped in a taxi, and they took off for the airport. They were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of them.
The taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at them. The taxi driver just smiled and waved at the other driver. I mean he was really friendly.
The taxi passenger asked, “Why did you just do that?” That guy almost ruined your taxi and sent us to the hospital. This is when the taxi driver taught his passenger something he would never forget: ‘The Law of the Garbage Truck.’ The driver explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles, they need to dump it on you. Don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave wish them well, and move on. Don’t take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.
The bottom line is that most successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life is too short to wake up with regrets, so Love the people who treat you right; and pray for those who don’t. Life is 10% what you make it and 90% how you take it! Have a Garbage Free Day!
“Faith is not believing God can, it is knowing that God will.”
Every convert begins his Christian journey with enthusiasm, faith, and courage. He doesn’t get far however before he finds himself bewildered, a bit confused and perhaps, cast downward, and even tempted to turn back. It is here that opportunity affords itself to the Christian to speak such words that will encourage his brother or sister to go forward.
Often sincere Christians find themselves facing severe problems. They may be domestic, social, economic, or religious. The solution may appear impossible. Here again, a strong Christian is afforded a great opportunity to speak for God in the advancement of His kingdom.
At other times a faithful Christian may find himself a victim of circumstances or hemmed in by his environments. Perhaps the greatest indictments against the Jews in captivity was when they were asked, (Psalms 137), to sing the Lord’s song and speak for their God, and they ‘hung their harps upon the willows and wept’. Such occasions as these call for courageous hearted men and women of God who will give words of inspiration.
There are times when many of us feel almost like saying; “What’s the use?”We feel sure we have done our best, yet we have accomplished little. We know our motives are pure, yet we are misunderstood. Here again, is great need for faithful souls to cry out: “Courage my brother, hold on a little longer;” tribulations make you stronger
It is a Christian’s responsibility to always be ready to give Godly admonition. We are informed by the scriptures that among those who shall abide in the tabernacle of the Lord forever will be the people who speak the truth of Christ here on earth. The song writer has beautifully summed it up when he wrote: “If I were dying, with just one word to say, I’d speak it for Jesus, then breathe my life away.”
August 27, 2013 //
Choir at Lamb of God singing during the recent Wisconsin General Baptist State Convention, held at...
August 27, 2013 //
John Holt (center) was officially ordained during the regional meeting of the Christian Methodist...