A young man lightly kissed his fiancée on the chin. Pointing politely to her lips, she said, “Aim higher, please.”
Whatever we aim at in life is usually what we get because we never rise higher than our ideals. The Apostle Paul said, “I keep working toward that day when I will be all that Christ saved me for and wants me to be!” Paul’s aim in life was to share the Gospel and win others to his Lord and Savior. There was a time before his conversion when his aim was to harm Christians. After His conversion his aim was to win others to Christ.
It is important to be content and satisfied with what we have, but not who we are or what we do. It is easy to confuse the two. Paul sorted it out and set a great example for us. There were times when he was in prison, shipwrecked, being beaten, going hungry, alone and deserted. That was O.K. with him. He said that he had learned to be content with whatever he had or wherever he was. His only aim was to become like His Lord, and “by all means, save some.”
Prayer:Help me, Father, to become more like You and to be a better Christian tomorrow than I am today. May my aim in life be to bring others to You for Your salvation. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
A man was asked to deliver three penguins to the zoo before closing time. But his truck broke down. He hailed a friend, expressed his need and gave him $25.00 to run his errand. Just when the truck was fixed, his friend came by with the penguins. He said, “I took them to the zoo. They liked it so much, now I am taking them to the park.”
Have you ever been misunderstood? Sharing your faith can be a frightening task for some Christians. They are fearful of being misunderstood or not being able to communicate effectively. Paul helps us with these fears. First, we must pray and pray diligently. God is faithful to help us when we share the gospel with others. Second, we are to keep our eyes open for opportunities to show Christ’s love to unbelievers through word and action. Are you willing to ask God for opportunities to share your faith?
Prayer:Lord, I pray that the words that leave my lips will always be gracious, kind and Godly. I ask that You will speak through me when I have an opportunity to share my faith. In Christ Name, Amen.
A church member upset a service by first removing a shoe and then his sock.
“Why?” asked a friend.
“I just noticed that one of my socks was on wrong side out,” he said. “When I find I’m wrong, I proceed at once to get right.”
That’s not a bad idea.
If a thing isn’t all right, it’s all wrong.
And if it’s all wrong, you’ll not feel all right. For the Bible says, “Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for his wrong.”
There’s nothing shameful about confessing being wrong. The shame is continuing in it. So quit it, and proceed at once, with God’s help, to do right.
Prayer: Do a work of grace, Father, in our hearts; cleansing us, changing us, and making us consistently Christlike. Help us to avoid doing things that are wrong. Constrain us to love Thee as Thou dost love us: through Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
Have you ever wondered about the origins of the phrase, “the naked truth?”
It’s because of an old fable. The mythical character Falsehood, who embodied the essence of all lies, so it says, stole the character Truth’s clothes. Truth, unwilling to dress in Falsehood’s garments, chose to go naked. Thereafter the character of Truth, when portrayed in classical paintings and other art, was unclothed.
Dare to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. No one needs Falsehood’s gift of gab or garb.
There’s a lie of speech. It’s easy to make up a story when making an excuse for not doing, or for not having done, something.
There’s a lie of silence. Some furnish approval of sin or fail to apprise of sin by silence.
But the Bible says, “Lie not.”
Prayer:Father, take from my life all dishonest and dishonorable things, take from my mind all untrue and ugly thoughts, take from my lips all deceitful and damaging words: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.