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Post  Admin on Thu 28 Nov 2013, 12:16 am

Today's Daily Encounter
Show Me--Don’t Tell Me  
"If you love me keep my commandments."1

"A ruthless businessman once said to author Mark Twain,
"Before I die I mean to make a pilgrimage to the Holy 
Land. I will climb Mount Sinai and read the Ten
Commandments aloud from the top."

"I have a better idea," Twain remarked, "You could stay
home here and keep them."

Talk is cheap. It's what we do that counts--not what we
say--and when our words don't match our actions, we
are, as the Apostle Paul put it, as empty vessels and
clanging cymbals.

One of the best lessons I learned from one of my many
teachers was the written comment he seemed to relish
writing in bold red letters in the column of several of
my written assignments. It simply read, "Show me. Don't
tell me." I got the message!

I've never forgotten that lesson. It really applies to
all of life's lessons we want to impart to
others--especially to our children! Whatever we want to
teach others we need to model ourselves before we can
make any lasting impact on anybody else; otherwise what
we say is unbelievable and the only person we deceive
in the long run will be ourselves.

As a general rule, we teach best that which we
ourselves most need to learn. And the place to begin
modeling what we want to teach is at home!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, help me to model the kind
of person you want me to be … a better
father/mother/child … friend … partner … business
person … and Christian so that people seeing what you
have done in my life will want the same for themselves.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. John 14:15.
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Today's Daily Encounter
You, too, Can Get Bigger  
"Though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises
again."1

As M. Dunham wrote, "Sir Edmund Hilary was the first
person to conquer Mt.  Everest. The first time he
tried, he failed. He was knighted by the Queen of
England, and at the gala occasion, on the wall behind
the head table, was a huge picture of Mt. Everest. The
people gave him a standing ovation for even daring to
attempt the climb. When they ceased applauding, Hilary
turned his back to the audience, faced that picture and
said, "Mt.  Everest, you have defeated me once and you
might defeat me again. But I'm coming back again and
again, and I'm going to win because you can't get any
bigger, Mt. Everest, and I can."*

Great attitude! What a difference it would make if we
felt the same when we face the mountains in our lives.
The reality of life is that we often learn more through
our failures than we do through our successes.
Successes are satisfying and they are important to keep
us encouraged. However, failure is our greatest
teacher. This is because in every failure there is the
opportunity to learn, to grow, and to become stronger,
better persons. And this is what God wants for each of
us--not to beat ourselves up when we fail, but to grow
stronger!

Whatever mountain you are facing at this time of your
life--large or small--remember God is right there with
you. If anything is his will for you, you know that
with his help you, too, can say to your mountain, "You
have defeated me once and you might defeat me again.
But I'm coming back again and again, and I'm going to
win because you can't get any bigger and I can. Plus
God is on my side to help me."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, grant me the courage to
face every mountain in my life and, with your help,
never give up until I conquer each one and learn what
you are seeking to teach me. Thank you for hearing and
answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."

*NOTE: Actually I believe Mt. Everest is growing a tiny
fraction each year, but the illustration is valid re
the point Sir Edmund Hilary was making. 

1. Proverbs 24:16.

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Post  Admin on Mon 25 Nov 2013, 11:20 pm

Today's Daily Encounter
Why Worry?  

"Casting all your care on God because he cares for
you."1

"Worry, like a rocking chair," said Vance Havner, "will
give you something to do, but it won't get you
anywhere." Or as somebody else has said, "Worry is the
advance interest you pay on troubles that seldom come."

According to Ken Anderson, nine times out of ten, the
worrying about something does more damage to the one
who worries than the thing he or she is worrying about.

Anderson continues, "Modern medical research has proved
that worry breaks down resistance to disease. More than
that, it diseases the nervous system--particularly that
of the digestive organs and of the heart." Concern is
needed to keep us on track with our responsibilities,
but worry, like stress, is a killer.

An examination of 500 patients in a British clinic
showed that more than one-third of their visual
problems were caused by emotional tension. And a survey
of some 5,000 university students showed that worriers
get the lowest grades.

The word "worry" comes from an old Anglo-Saxon word
meaning to strangle or to choke. While we need to be
attentive to life's concerns, worrying about them
"chokes" the joy out of life. "Worrying is like driving
a car with one foot on the accelerator and the other
foot on the brake."

One antidote for worry is trust and trust is a choice.
When things aren't going well and I am prone to worry,
I keep praying until the storm passes: "Dear God, I
choose to trust you in this situation no matter how I
feel." In time my feelings catch up with my choice and
the worry gives way to calm. Meaningful worship,
supportive relationships, sharing my feelings with a
trusted friend, physical exercise, proper diet, deep
breathing relaxation exercises and sufficient rest all
help--plus learning to pray about the causes of my
worry and not just the symptoms is a major key in
learning to win over worry.

   All the water in the world
   However hard it tried,
   Could never, never sink a ship
   Unless it got inside.
   All the hardships of this world,
   Might wear you pretty thin,
   But they won't hurt you, one least bit
   Unless you let them in.2

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I choose to trust you no
matter what. Please help me to always act responsibly,
face and resolve any causes in my life that are at the
root of my worrying, and leave the outcome to you of
the many things in my life over which I have little or
no control. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen." 

1. 1 Peter 5:7.
2. Anonymous.

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