Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Change

Have you ever asked yourself why things have to change? I know that I have many times. I am one of those that really like things to stay the same. It gives me a sense of security and safety. The hard part of the scenario is that when you stay the same, when things around you stay the same there is no opportunity for you to be better, to break out of the status quo, to make a difference in the world around you. We tell ourselves that "I can't do that" or "No way, that is too hard."

When we think a little more like the Little Engine that Could--"I Think I Can, I Think I Can"....it will soon turn into "I Thought I Could! I Thought I Could!" When we look at the changes that come our way (either by our choosing or by the choices of those around us) with faith and determination to make something good come of them we empower ourselves to be better, to break out of the status quo and to make a difference in the world around us. By doing a little here and a little there we can climb to the top of that mountain, and on the way into the valley say with humility and newly gained confidence, "I Thought I Could! I Thought I Could!"

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Consider the Lillies

I heard a talk recently that really made me think how important each one of us are. There are times in each of our lives that we have a low self esteem and feel that we are inadequate or not worth much. The speaker lovingly quoted the following verses from the New Testament in Matthew 6: 25-34



25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
(New Testament Matthew 6:25 - 34)



God loves each of us and He will take care of us. If the fowls of the air and the lillies of the field have needs and are taken care of, God will take care of us also. He knows all of our needs as well (vs. 32). All He asks of us is to seek His kingdom first and His righteousness and "all these things shall be added unto you."